Later Thursday morning, the White House attempted to walk back Trump's tweet, issuing a statement affirming that the president does support House GOP leaders' proposal for extending CHIP funding. Mr. Trump, who built much of his presidential campaign on portraying Mexicans as criminals, is deeply reviled in the U.S.'s southern neighbour.
President Trump this week denied changing his stance over a proposed U.S. -Mexico border wall, something he touted as necessary and crucial during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, following a meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
Campaign to governing to different things and this president has been very very flexible in terms of what is within the realm of the possible, Kelly said. The president added that some of the wall will be "see through" - a protection, he said last July, against people throwing "large sacks of drugs" over - and repeated that it will be paid for "directly or indirectly" by Mexico.
Recall, 25 January 2017 trump issued a decree on the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico. Among other clashes, he has repeatedly undercut Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Some lawmakers who met with Kelly on Wednesday recounted his remarks.
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I think it's safe to say that the two don't appear to see eye-to-eye very often. "I tried to stay aggressive", said the victor . I started later than usual so a match like this probably helps because you know that helps confidence in myself.
He told the lawmakers he had persuaded Trump the wall was not necessary and that the president's opinion on the once- sacred barrier had "evolved". In other words, I've informed the president of what it takes to build a wall, so here's how we're going to do it. "I have confidence we'll pass this". Trump needs to secure Democratic votes in order to get future spending approved, and some Republicans doubt that he'll be able to do it if he doesn't stick to his guns.
Mexico's foreign ministry reiterated again in a statement following Trump's tweet that it would not pay "in any way and under any circumstance" for a border wall on the USA side of its border with the Spanish-speaking country.
Trump also says he doesn't want to see a government shutdown - and the shutdown deadline is fast approaching.
Trump ended the legal shields on so-called Dreamers a year ago and gave Congress until March to renew them.
It points out the most recent global comparison by the United Nations put Mexico far from being one of the most unsafe countries, and the department says Mexico's murder rate is not even the highest in Latin America.
Underscoring the political stakes, McConnell warned GOP senators in an email obtained by The Associated Press that voting against the measure "plays right into Democrats hand" - presumably because it would dilute the argument that Democrats killed the legislation.