Trump backs down on border wall funding

By Elliot Bullman

Donald Trump has indicated he will ditch plans to find cash for his border wall in this week's spending bill.

The president's close adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said funding for the wall would be left out of a budget measure that must pass by Friday.

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Building the wall, paid for by Mexico, was a key campaign promise. However, with the president approaching his 100th day in office, the plan has united Democrats in blanket opposition.

They are able to block the spending proposals, and so the White House budget director will have to rewrite his plans - minus the funding for the border wall in order to avert a government shutdown.

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When President Trump moved into the White House, he said that initially it might require US taxpayers to fund its construction, but the money would be clawed back from Mexico at a later stage.

Trump faces a different kind of wall - the one presented by Democratic senators in opposition to his proposals.

And even some Republicans have balked at the estimated cost of $21.6bn - more than the price tag the president cited as $12bn.

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