Trump signals Mexico wall funding might wait several months for more pressing concerns

A sign marking the U.S.- Mexico border is seen from the Tohono O'odham reservation looking into Mexico in Chukut Kuk, Ariz. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)
A sign marking the U.S.- Mexico border is seen from the Tohono O’odham reservation looking into Mexico in Chukut Kuk, Ariz. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

Thomson Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump indicated an openness on Monday to delaying his push to secure funds for his promised border wall with Mexico, potentially eliminating a sticking point as lawmakers worked to avoid a looming shutdown of the federal government.

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 Oct. 1 to seek government funds for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the White House confirmed.

Trump, whose approval ratings have slid since he took office, is facing a Friday deadline for Congress to pass a spending bill funding the government through September or risk marking his 100th day in office on Saturday with a government shutdown.

“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.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/mexico-wall-money-budget-bill-1.4084063

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