Trump assures constructing the wall against Mexico border

Trump himself unleashed a tweetstorm of criticism of Democrats involved in negotiations on the spending bill, accusing them of trying to close national parks and jeopardize the safety of US troops.

Appearing before the global relations commission in the lower house of Congress, Videgaray unleashed uncharacteristically tough talk on Donald Trumps demand that Mexico pay for building a border wall, telling lawmakers that Mexico would not put a peso towards the construction costs.

"I spent nine and a half years as an undercover officer in the Central Intelligence Agency chasing terrorists all over the world, nuclear weapons proliferators", the Texas Republican explained.

This Tuesday, three days before the deadline, members of Congress were talking about a spending proposal without the controversial funding for the border wall. "We need to be using additional technology and more manpower on the border you can't have a one size fits all solution for the border".

Trump weighed in on the spending negotiations on Thursday, tweeting that Democrats wanted to shut down the government to "bail out insurance companies".

Trump was "caving on his demand for a measly $1 billion in the budget for his wall on the border with Mexico", Limbaugh told his radio audience this week.

The Wall does have that Trump touch, though - it sounds great, costs a lot, and doesn't actually work. As for the President, wrapping up his first 100 days in the White House by literally grinding the federal government to a halt doesn't exactly scream "successful Commander in Chief".

By backing away from the wall, President Donald Trump has backed away from the cliff.

In a strongly worded letter to congressional leaders Thursday, the American Medical Association said recently proposed changes to the American Health Care Act do nothing to fix its shortcomings.

Without the payments, health insurers would likely pull out of the Obamacare marketplace and could leave many Americans without a choice of insurers, but the payments are politically fraught.

A headline I feel like I've read 1,000 times: Trump's ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn might have broken the law in accepting payments from Russian groups. On Monday the administration started suggesting that wall funding could wait another few months if necessary, signaling a shift in his previous hard line stance.

Chaffetz and Cummings said at a joint appearance Tuesday they want the Army to rule on whether Flynn, a former Army general, asked for and received permission for payments he received from Russian and Turkish entities. Democrats have been actively involved in the talks, which appear on track to produce a lowest-common-denominator measure that won't look much different than a deal that could have been reached on Obama's watch.

Another point to be taken up during the negotiations is the issue over the health benefits of retired miners. Now, a second attempt's fate is in the hands of a moderate Republican faction - putting to the test the power of Democratic resistance.

As a political weapon, a government shutdown is a bit like self-immolation - it certainly demonstrates a commitment to one's cause, but there's no real victory possible for participants. Also included in the discussion is the bailout of the Medicaid program of Puerto Rico.

But as for whether he supports funding Trump's border wall vision, Scott gave himself room to maneuver. Unlike times past, where the Republicans could simply blame President Barack Obama, this year they have to shoulder the effects themselves. The last minute request of Trump nearly sabotaged their progress.

And it is now clear that his endlessly repeated promise to make Mexico pay the tens of billions of dollars the wall would cost to build isn't worth the paper it was printed on. Maybe not today but he said that they are already making plans for it.