Trump insists Mexico will fund wall

Carla Harmon
April 24, 2017

The White House is signaling that the funding for the wall must be included in the spending legislation. North Korea says it is ready to sink a USA aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, in the latest sign of rising tension as Trump prepares to call the leaders of China and Japan.

Trump promised during the campaign that within his first 100 days as president he would get Congress to pass legislation fully funding the wall and establishing mandatory minimum prison sentences for people illegally entering the United States after already being deported. ANTI-SEMITISM Trump says anti-Semitism should be defeated and calls the Holocaust the "darkest chapter of human history" in a video address, following two missteps by his administration regarding statements about genocide during World War Two.

Inside the White House on Sunday, West Wing aides made calls to congressional allies, while the president tweeted and reached out to several advisers, according to three officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that Trump might refuse to sign a government spending bill that does not include money for the wall. -Mexican border and a vote on an effort to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law were priorities.

"We don't know yet", Mulvaney said in an interview on Fox News Sunday. Negotiators want the stopgap measure to keep government open by keeping spending flat, including money to keep the ACA going.

"I'm not just NO, I'm a HELL NO on a budget/CR that makes taxpayers fund stupid border wall idea of @realDonaldTrump", he tweeted Sunday.

The president is planning a speech to the nation and an "America First" rally on Saturday to highlight his successes, accompanied by an outpouring of digital content.

"I think we're in good shape", he said Friday.

"We expect a massive increase in military spending, we expect money for border security in this bill, and it ought to be because the president won overwhelmingly and everyone understood that the border wall was part of it", he said. "Shutdown is not a desired end".

"ABC News/Washington Post Poll (wrong big on election) said nearly all stand by their vote on me & 53% said strong leader", Trump gloated about the survey's findings.

He said cutting taxes will grow the economy, lead to more hiring and bring trillions of dollars back into the USA that companies are now holding overseas to avoid taxation.

When ABC News host George Stephanopoulos noted to Sessions that legislators in border states do not necessarily support the wall, Sessions reiterated that he believes the wall will save the country "billions of dollars" in the long run by curbing illegal immigration as well as drugs. "We want to get to a place this week where border-security money is being directed to the Department of Homeland Security so that we can begin surveillance and preliminary work, and then we will keep working on getting DHS what it needs for the structure".

Democrats, meanwhile, have shown little interest in compromise, particularly on the border wall project. Republicans have the votes in the House and the Senate and the White House to keep government open.

Mulvaney said that the White House expects Democrats to cave on the border wall in exchange for guaranteed payments under the ACA.

"Well, we're going to get paid for it one way or the other", Sessions said of Trump's campaign pledge to get Mexico to foot the bill for construction.

"I think it's certainly worth hard negotiation over", Kelly said on CBS's Face the Nation.

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