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Mexico Will Pay For Wall, Trump Insists

Mexico Will Pay For Wall, Trump Insists

The second option was a politically unsafe one before Hurricane Harvey tore through southern Texas over the weekend and it now looks even riskier.

The problem is, the Mexican government has been leading a long and exhausting war with drug cartels that thrive along the United States border - on the Mexican side of the line.

Since then, lawmakers who were already struggling to hammer out a stop-gap federal spending bill before October 1 to avoid a shutdown have had to factor in Trump's threat as well.

"I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall", Trump said.

With Mexico refusing to pay, Trump has said since taking office in January that the wall will initially need US funding but that he will find a way to make Mexico ultimately pay for it. With Obamacare insurers leaving the marketplace because of Trump's recall of government subsidies, healthcare reform is becoming increasingly urgent, and the fiscal plan also demands additional spending, which House Republicans are opposed to.

"Shutting down the government would be a self-destructive act, not to mention an act of political malpractice", Republican Representative Charlie Dent said in an interview. Trump was asked again about relations with Russian Federation, and he said, "I hope that we do have good relations with Russian Federation", and that "it's very good for world peace and other things".

The two presidents met at the White House on Monday. As he said at his rally in Phoenix last week, "Believe me, if we have to close down our government, we're building that wall". The U.S. Congress has relied heavily on those short-term fixes - known as continuing resolutions - for many years.

President Trump said he will be visiting the impact zone tomorrow, and again shared words of encouragement and support for the people of Texas and Louisiana, the areas most severely impacted by this disastrous storm.

"I think it has nothing to do with it, really".

"I'm willing to do it whenever it makes sense", said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

The officials said the speech would be about "why" reforming the tax code was needed, not about "how" to reform it, which is the hard part of fixing a 70,000-page set of laws and regulations that has not been overhauled since 1986. "If it's necessary, we'll have to see". Trump then began to recite an extensive list of past controversial pardons by former presidents, including "drug dealers" by President Clinton and "criminal leaker" Chelsea Manning.

"We consider that a very, very important part of the world", Trump said, noting USA relationships with countries in the region.

"As the government of Mexico has always maintained, our country will not pay, in any way or under any circumstances, for a wall or physical barrier built on U.S. territory along the Mexican border", the Mexican Foreign Ministry said. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, has introduced legislation that would authorize $15 billion over four years for border security.

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