President Trump backs off Mexican wall deal, would settle for 'border security' money

Posted at 7:56 AM, Apr 25, 2017

President Donald Trump has taken a step back from his demand that Democrats provide funding for his Mexico border wall project in exchange for continued Obamacare subsidies. 

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The president hosted several conservative media outlets Monday evening and, in a Q&A session, said the administration may "come back" to getting funds for the wall in September. 

CNN's Jim Acosta tweeted that a White House official confirmed this, saying the president would be satisfied with "border security" funds. 

Trump and his staff came out strong late last week, offering a dollar-for-dollar deal to avoid a government shutdown.

Securing that funding would have been a big legislative win for Trump, who's seeking to calculate the accomplishments of his first 100 days in office.

But Democrats haven't shown many signs of wanting to cut a deal; some of them argue it's Republicans who will bear the political damage from a potential shutdown.