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Trump reportedly backs off government shutdown threat over border wall funding

Key Points
  • President Donald Trump said last month he would be willing to shut down the government if a funding bill did not include money for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • The White House told Congress differently, however, according to the Washington Post.
President Donald Trump
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The White House has told Congress it does not need to include money for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall in its upcoming budget bill despite public threats, the Washington Post reports.

Trump suggested last month at a rally in Arizona that he would be willing to shut down the government if Congress sent him a funding bill that didn't include money for a wall between the U.S.-Mexico border.

"If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall," Trump said.

Two days after Trump's rally, the White House told Congress the money did not need to be in a "continuing resolution" to fund the government from October until sometime in December, The Washington Post reported, citing a senior GOP congressional aide.

However, Trump wants border wall funding to be included in a December budget bill, the Washington Post reported, citing GOP congressional aides.

Government funding expires at the end of September. Congress is expected to pass a short-term funding bill while it crafts a long-term one.

Read the full Washington Post report here.

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