Mexico wall demands eased as spending talks advance

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer answered questions during Tuesday's media briefing about President Trump's sudden willingness to delay funding for his proposed wall along the US border with Mexico.

With just days to go before the government runs out of money, Trump's mixed messages on a border wall, sources tell CNN, may not ultimately doom the bill, but they certainly caused consternation on Capitol Hill.

Trump showed even more flexibility Monday afternoon, telling conservative journalists in a private meeting that he was open to delaying funding for wall construction until September, a White House official confirmed.

Trump did say that the wall would be built "soon".

Trump insists that his planned wall would help curb the influx of drugs and illegal immigrants.

But Democrats had threatened to block the bill if money was earmarked for the wall, so its omission may now avert a government shutdown.

The £780 billion ($1 trillion) spending bill must pass by Friday or could result in a government shutdown.

The White House is refusing to admit that it backed off on forcing the issue into this bill, while tacitly admitting they'll look to fight for funds down the line rather than force a shutdown now.

Funding is expected to cover broader border security measures, such as the use of drones or anti-tunnelling technology.

Trump appeared to push back on these reports with a tweet Tuesday morning. And we're going to have the wall built. An attempt to work the refs a bit so when the next spending debate comes up Trump has set the floor of what he wants to see spent on the wall?

Putting up a wall along the US-Mexico border was part of Trump's campaign agendas, following which he issued an executive order in January for the beginning of construction.

During Monday's White House press briefing, Acosta posed the short-sighted question to Sean Spicer, asking about the necessity of the President's promised border wall in light of a decline in border crossings since he took office.

"I don't think anything has changed", Spicer said, adding that discussions were ongoing with both houses of Congress. Plenty of time. No pressure. Despite claiming the Republican nomination previous year with a promise to build a wall, many congressional Republicans are either opposed or squeamish about the idea. "I will continue to review options as the current appropriations process moves forward", he said in a statement Friday. "The wall gets built, 100 percent", the president said.