Top Mexican official calls US border wall a 'hostile' act

Nettie James
May 7, 2017

President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday that his campaign promise to build a wall on the US border with Mexico will come to fruition "soon".

Trump had been on a collision course with lawmakers over the wall, demanding that Congress include funding in its new spending bill to start construction. "While congressional Republicans and the White House might be willing to accept lower defense spending and higher domestic spending than they would like for the remainder of the current fiscal year, they're much less likely to accept spending bills for the fiscal year that starts October 1 unless they increase defense spending and reduce nondefense spending, and fund some of the president's other initiatives such as increased border enforcement", Phillips wrote in a note.

An existing temporary funding bill expires on Friday at midnight and all sides anticipated that another stopgap measure would be required to buy time for the House and Senate to process the massive spending bill, which would wrap together 11 unfinished agency spending bills through September.

Late on Tuesday, however, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told CNN that Trump would not agree to other concessions that Democrats had sought - cost-sharing healthcare subsidies for six million Americans.

Trump said that he had not changed his stance.

However, after signing some executive orders on agriculture Trump repeated that the USA "desperately" needs the wall, adding that it will be build "soon".

US secretary of the treasury Steven Mnuchin arrives for a meeting on tax reform with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (not pictured) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) (not pictured) on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, April 25, 2017.

The best possible explanation for the White House in all of this is that there was/is simply confusion about what fiscal year Trump was talking about. "But I don't think this is a productive use of our time, and it undermines the respect that people have for us in Washington". "We're hoping to continue to get funding in that, as the president laid out, for both border security and Homeland Security and national defense, as we've always maintained".

Democrats have long said that they will not support a funding package that includes money for a wall along the entire southern border.

"The wall's going to get built, folks".

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Yet, Mr Trump's apparent willingness to back down on the wall issue may help to pass the bill. "Not this week", Conway said of the wall funding request.

During the 2013 shutdown, about 800,000 federal employees were furloughed.

"But they said no to that and we agreed to put that off for another day", he said.

"I can't control what other Republicans may or may not do on the issue of funding the wall or what Democrats may or may not do on issues that I find extraneous to keeping the government open", Costello said at the event. In the end, it looks as if Trump has bowed to the inevitable (at this stage anyway) and the funding for the wall has been removed from the budget.

The Trump administration had initially included provision for the wall in the upcoming budget, but (predictably) it was met with strong resistance.

That's good, if it's true, and not just because the wall would cost $20 billion or more - possibly much more - that could be invested in, well, making America greater.

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