President Donald Trump demanded to build a wall along the US-Mexican border

Feb 13 2019 01:56 PM
President Donald Trump demanded to build a wall along the US-Mexican border

Washington: On Tuesday, President Donald Trump indicated that he will walk back his threat to shut the government even if he does not get all the money he has demanded building a wall along the US-Mexican border. Although Trump left enough wiggle room to keep the country guessing, he appeared to be edging toward accepting a deal struck in Congress that would give him significantly less money for the much-maligned barrier.

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Trump said as "I can't say I'm happy, I can't say I'm thrilled,". But he also told a cabinet meeting in the White House: "I don't think you're going to see a shutdown." He was responding to a deal struck by Republican and Democratic lawmakers to offer nearly $1.4 billion for wall construction, as well as other border security measures.

 This was far less than the $5.7 billion Trump wanted, but it was presented as a workable deal to satisfy both sides and allow Trump to shelve his threat to shut down large portions of the government on Friday. Trump said he would manage to "add" to the congressional funds, though he did not explain how. Lawmakers, including from his own Republican Party, pressured Trump to take what was on the table.

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Senator Richard Shelby, the top Republican negotiator, called it "a pretty good deal." Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy said the compromise would be voted on and likely passed, ready for Trump's signature. He said "The deal is the way it's going to be written, and it will be filed, I suspect, tomorrow night,".

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