Congress unlikely to fund wall despite threat

US President Donald Trump and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö hold a joint press conference

US President Donald Trump and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö hold a joint press conference

Despite Trump's promise at a rally in Phoenix last week to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border even "if we have to close down our government", congressional Republicans are optimistic of averting a politically damaging shutdown after the fiscal year ends September 30. Currently, House Republicans' are considering a spending bill for the 2018 fiscal year that would cut $876 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) disaster relief account and pour that funding into a down payment for Trump's proposed U.S. -Mexico border wall, AP reports.

"Not only did many independents and democrats vote for President Trump, many of them still support him, and as a result of that, we saw the club as being a transition, if you will, to them taking a second look at the Republican Party", he said.

"It may be through reimbursement, but one way or the other, Mexico will pay for the wall", Trump added.

"The position of the Mexican government is a serious position, it is a professional position, and it is a position based in Mexican sovereignty", he said.

At a rally last week in Phoenix, Trump told supporters, "If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall", and that "one way or the other, we're going to get that wall". On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence did not mention the wall while discussing his support for disaster relief.

The National Hurricane Center issued an advisory that Hurricane Harvey's "catastrophic and life-threatening flooding continues in south-eastern Texas and portions of south-western Louisiana".

"It has nothing to do with it", Trump said.

Trump's border wall was not funded under a $1 trillion-plus government-wide funding deal that Republicans and Democrats agreed upon in late April.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Trump refused to withdraw the threat after being pressed to explain the reasoning behind it. Accepting foreign help also requires navigating bureaucratic hurdles that take time to work through, officials have previously said. Sheriff Joe loves our country. "And Sheriff Joe was very unfairly treated by the Obama administration, especially right before an election, an election that he would have won", Trump said. "So I just don't think that's a productive way to proceed". "They've had it their way", he said. His visit Monday comes days after the Finland's largest private-sector pension fund reduced the number of US stocks in its $53 billion portfolio.

Give it up to Cole for not only referencing Trump's previous job before being president, but also his catchphrase from the show.

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