White House Says No Short-Term Funding Bill Without “Down Payment” on Wall

(From The Hill)

President Trump said Thursday he would accept a stopgap spending bill to reopen the government but only if it contains a “down payment” for his long-desired border wall, hinting at a possible deal to end the record-long shutdown. . . .

The comments, which came shortly after the Senate rejected two separate funding bills, represent a possible shift for Trump, who has demanded $5.7 billion for the wall in exchange for ending the partial government shutdown, which has stretched into its 34th day.

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