Despite political hurdles, Trump defiant on Mexico wall

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President Trump renews his pledge that Mexico will pay for his proposed border wall.

As Tropical Storm Harvey battered Texas Sunday morning, President Trump's focus on Twitter was split between recovery efforts, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Missouri Senate race and his long-promised border wall.

The president tweeted Sunday that Mexico is having one its most violent years on record and a border wall must be built.

Specifically, the president suggested that he might veto any spending bill that failed to include funds for his monument to American xenophobia, thereby allowing the government to shut down (and, nearly certainly, his approval rating and that of his party to fall).

But Democrats oppose including the wall in the spending bill, and Republican leaders will struggle to pass it, while also opposing a government shutdown.

"We're looking forward to working with Congress to get funding for the border wall", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters August 23.

U.S. dollar declines after Yellen speech
Yellen's predecessor, Ben Bernanke, signaled a new round of Fed bond purchases in 2010 to try to invigorate a weak USA recovery. However, orders for transportation equipment plunged 19%, weighing on the overall orders for durable goods.

Increasingly pressured to demonstrate their governing chops, GOP leaders have insisted they'll pass the spending bills in time to keep the government running beyond October 1, when funding expires.

Friction between Republicans and Trump has grown in recent months, with the president publicly castigating some party leaders, notably Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and expressing infuriation that Congress has not passed any significant legislation since his January inauguration. All through his presidential campaign, Mr. Trump made it clear that Mexico would pay for the wall.

"I don't think a government shutdown is necessary, and I don't think most people want to see a government shutdown, ourselves included", the House speaker told reporters in Oregon Wednesday. "We might have to put an end to it?" wrote Mr. Trump. That impasse increased pressure on Republicans to deliver wall funding in a future spending battle.

"Wasting tens of billions on a useless and immoral border wall is a nonstarter for Democrats, particularly at a time of such real need in our communities".

Wall Street suffered slightly as a result of President Trump's words, with stocks heading downwards, reversing some previous gains. "Both being very hard, may have to terminate?" the president tweeted.

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