Mexico will ‘eventually’ pay for the border wall ‘in some form’ Trump pledges – as he bashes Democrats for not wanting to pay for his campaign promise as government shutdown looms

Sunday, April 23, 2017
By Paul Martin

President Trump took to Twitter Sunday to point fingers at Congressional Democrats who don’t want to fund his border wall
Members of both parties are huddling on Capitol Hill to craft a funding measure that would prevent a government shutdown come Saturday
If the government does shut down, it would happen in conjunction with President Trump’s 100th day in office
The White House has said it expects money for Trump’s priorities, including the wall and a boost to the defense budget, to be included in a continuing resolution
Congressional Republicans are trying to negotiate with Democrats to ensure there isn’t a shutdown, as some GOP members are against the wall as well

By Nikki Schwab, U.S. Political Reporter
23 April 2017

On Twitter Sunday, President Trump wagged a finger at Democrats for being against his promised border wall, while pledging that Mexico would still ‘eventually’ pay for it.

‘The Democrats don’t want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members,’ Trump tweeted. ‘Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.’

Trump’s tweets come amid negotiations on Capitol Hill to keep the government funded beyond the president’s 100th day in office, as the much-talked-about political benchmark will occur the same day the government’s temporary funding measure is set to expire.

Both Republicans and Democrats are looking to the White House for signs of whether the president will blow up negotiations over some of his more politically-sensitive demands, like funding for the border wall.

On Friday, the White House seemed poised to do so with Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney announcing that ‘elections have consequences,’ explaining that if Trump didn’t get money for the border wall, and more dollars for defense spending, than Democrats could see the federal payments for Obamacare subsidies go bye, bye.

Mulvaney, a former House member, was among those who ushered in a government shutdown in 2013, as right-wing members of the Republican caucus, in cahoots with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, attempted to defund Obamacare with a Democratic president in the White House.

The effort failed.

Speaking to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Mulvaney struck a more conciliatory tone Sunday.

‘I don’t think anybody is trying to get to a shutdown. Shutdown is not a desired end. It’s not a tool. It’s not something that we want to have,’ Mulvaney said of the shutdown threat.

Wallace pointed out that Democrats are arguing that the White House is ‘holding hostage health insurance for millions of lower income Americans’ by making its subsidy cuts threat.

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