Congress set to deny Trump wall money

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President Donald Trump is probably not going to get his money for a wall on the border with Mexico this week. But Republicans are confident they can deliver him a significant boost in border security spending that allows Trump to spin the government funding bill as a victory anyway.

Trump has been sending mixed signals on how hard he is pressing for wall funding in a bill that must pass by Friday night to avoid a government shutdown. On Monday evening he signaled to conservative journalists that he would be content fighting for the money in the fall — but on Tuesday he tweeted to his followers to not the believe the “fake media” reporting on a change in position.

Still, aides, senators and White House officials said on Tuesday that Trump is coming to terms with the reality that pushing for wall funding would invite a shutdown fight due to Democrats’ blanket opposition.

“It sounds like they’re moving away from that insistence,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), who wants Trump to submit a comprehensive border security plan to Congress.

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