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Trump bowing to Congress over wall funding

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 24, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The administration of US President Donald Trump has indicated that it will continue working with the GOP-controlled Congress on other issues although funding for a border wall he had asked for is not included.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer signaled Wednesday that the administration was backing down on pushing for the $1.5 billion Trump had requested to build a wall on the Mexican border.

“That is our request,” Spicer said, yet adding that “We will continue to work with Congress on the rest of the [fiscal 2017] budget.”

Trump had requested the funding to start work on the wall he had promised to build. He had also vowed to make Mexico pay for it rather than American taxpayers.

An indigenous woman walks through the metal fence along the border between the Altar desert in Mexico and the  Arizona desert in the United States, on March 25, 2017, in Sonora, northern Mexico. (Photo by AFP)

The funding request faced opposition from Republicans, who then put it on hold, arguing that it will complicate the 2017 spending bill and could threaten the government with a shutdown after its funding expires on April 28.

Democrats have also vowed to bar any legislation involving a funding for the construction of a wall.

Apart from the wall, Trump’s money for expanding the US military will also have to wait, said Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, on Tuesday.

Trump had requested a supplemental spending bill to earn funding for some of the promises he had made on the campaign trail ahead of the US 2016 presidential election.


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