Published: Wed, April 26, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

President Trump Says he Hasn't Changed Position on Border Wall

"Now the bipartisan and bicameral negotiators can continue working on the outstanding issues", Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement on Monday night.

"Illegal immigrants, drug cartels, and terrorists are actively attempting to infiltrate our country, so it is vital that we quickly secure our border, enforce immigration laws, and eliminate gaps in security screening", McCaul said last week. Leading Democrats have said they would support such a measure only if talks are progressing. The payments are a major way Democrats ensured low-income people would be covered under the Affordable Care Act, but with a new Republican administration, their future is uncertain.

Trump, in a private meeting with conservative media outlets, said he may wait until Republicans begin drafting the budget blueprint for the fiscal year that starts on October 1 to seek government funds for building a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, the White House confirmed.

Homeland Security secretary John Kelly said Trump had been clear about his desire for a wall.

The Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, who has a key role providing Democratic votes to pass the legislation, welcomed Trump's reported shift on the wall. "We're already preparing. We're doing plans, we're doing specifications, we're doing a lot of work on the wall, and the wall is going to get built".

"We just thought that it would be a good first step to get these things that everybody agrees on and take that idea of a government shutdown off the table", Mulvaney said.

Asked by a legislator whether Mexico had considered imposing visa requirements for Americans, he answered: "We could explore - not necessarily a visa, that could impede a lot of people from coming to Mexico - but we could perhaps (have) a fee associated with entry".

Attention now turns to Washington where the White House will unveil its long-awaited tax reforms, with speculation of huge cuts in personal and corporation tax.

"Once the government is up and running, and stays open and running, then we have to fight this out over the next year", Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told Fox News Sunday.

"I'm optimistic. I don't think anybody wants a shutdown", Sen. "It is becoming more of a nonissue".

"This is that moment where the president has to determine that you need some Democrat votes in the Senate to get the bill done".

Democrats, however, made clear they're staunchly against the wall and won't be budging.

"For far too long, the USA has failed to dedicate the resources and effort needed to secure our southern border", Rutherford said on Friday.

Trump campaigned throughout the country previous year promising a wall across the entire 2,200 mile southern border, promising that Mexico would pay for it.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Republican negotiators were following the lead of Trump, who signaled Monday evening that he would not insist on $1 billion worth of wall funding now as an addition to the $1 trillion-plus spending bill. "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 wrote on Twitter.

The issue of health subsidy payments, which affect approximately 7 million Americans, has become the primary sticking point in the talks, the aides said.

The White House has wobbled on its demands to include funding for the border wall in a must-pass spending bill this week, but lawmakers still disagree about whether funding for cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies should be included. Democrats faced White House opposition in an uphill battle to give Puerto Rico help with its Medicaid commitment, while Republicans are pressing policy "riders" to undo new Obama-era financial regulations.

As political rhetoric, it works like a charm for him.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the second-ranking member of his caucus, said Tuesday that the subsidies should be handled by the White House, not Congress.

"The president has the authority to go ahead and do it".

However, the Canadian dollar held up in Asia after tumbling more than one percent Tuesday in response to Washington imposing a 20 percent tariff on the country's softwood lumber imports.

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