Trump should stop playing his game of budget brinkmanship

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Now, the GOP controls both the Congress and the White House.

The White House also scrambled to temper expectations over the weekend after Trump on Friday promised a "big announcement" on tax reform this week, which aides said would simply outline the administration's "broad principles and priorities" - broad strokes Trump already laid out during his campaign.

The Trump administration has escalated its rhetoric against North Korea and has been pressuring China to lean on the country to cease its missile testing. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Monday.

"The president's priorities have been very clear from the beginning", Spicer said.

Trump was kicking off Monday's lunch with ambassadors of countries on the U.N. Security Council when he asked the room if they liked Haley, the US ambassador to the U.N. The White House said the two recognized they had differences over the proposed wall but agreed to "work these differences out".

"It's up to the president", Cuellar says."He's the one playing chicken with us".

Administration officials were talking tough, as well.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford were scheduled to meet with Trump at the White House in the afternoon, just hours after Trump's latest criticism of North Korea.

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We have tremendous threats, whether it's drugs, people, potential terrorists, coming up from the south.

"Don't know yet", Mulvaney said on Fox News Sunday.

"I mean, you're not going to veto a bill that funds a Republican government", Cole added. "My base really wants it".

With an April 28 deadline to pass a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, President Donald Trump remains adamant that the measure include funding for a border wall.

The president told the AP on Friday that he spent his first 100 days laying the "foundation" for progress later in his administration, including by building relationships with foreign leaders.

Pelosi said Monday Trump is closing in on his first 100 days in office with more busted promises and divisive goals. If.the wall is not built, which it will be, the drug situation will NEVER be fixed the way it should be, " Trump tweeted Monday. Estimates have pegged the cost atl near $20 billion.

The White House appears determined to get Congress to approve a downpayment on the border wall as part of a bigger bill to keep the United States government funded.

Democrats say that they will not support any bill that includes money for a border wall.

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USA government funding expires this coming Friday, with the government now being funded by a continuing resolution passed in December 2016.

"It's good for the country that President Trump is taking the wall off the table in these negotiations", Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said.

Schumer asserted that Trump "seems to be in a little bubble with some very, very rich people".

"Democrats do not support the wall", she said, speaking also on NBC.

The wall, expected to cost almost $20bn, has been a contentious issue in the US Congress since the new president signed an executive order paving the way for the construction of the US-Mexico border wall.

Trump is insisting that the budget agreement being negotiated by lawmakers to avoid a partial shutdown of the U.S. government include funding for the wall, but that demand is complicating the negotiations, Efe news reported. "The Democrats don't want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members".

He added: "Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall".

As the West Wing embarks on the final sprint to the 100-day marker of Trump's presidency, top aides were thrown into the familiar pattern of rushing to match action to the President's words while publicly avoiding words that could box in a President who prides himself on remaining "flexible".

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