>> We will build the wall!>> US President Donald Trump caught between a promise to build a border wall with Mexico and a potential government shutdown. Now signaling he might delay a signature campaign promise in order to keep the lights on in Washington. Trump had tried using the threat of a government shutdown and withholding federal healthcare subsidy payments to leverage Democratic lawmakers into agreeing to adding funds for a border wall into a spending bill.
If Congress does not pass a bill funding the government by midnight Friday, some federal offices will grind to a halt. But it appears the White House may not want to cap off Trump's tumultuous first 100 days in office with a government shutdown. It would have to explain to voters why a party that holds both houses of Congress and the Presidency could not effectively govern, casting doubts over the administration's ability to fulfill its mandate.
The White House on Monday confirming that Trump may now wait until Republican lawmakers begin drafting a larger budget blueprint for the fiscal year starting October 1st to seek funding for a border wall.>> We're here to fight for healthcare.>> Trump had also suggested he might withhold $7 billion in federal Obamacare subsidies meant to ease healthcare costs for low income Americans, unless Democrats approved 1.5 billion in wall construction.
It's unclear whether delaying funding for the barrier may impact funding for those subsidies. Trump also promised Mexico would foot the bill for a border wall, Mexico is adamant that it will not and Trump has not laid out a plan yet that would compel its neighbor to pay.