Trump's budget chief says money for border wall a must

Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady speaks about a Republican healthcare amendment during a press briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady speaks about a Republican healthcare amendment during a press briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

President Donald Trump sought with Sunday tweets to pressure Democratic lawmakers in the midst of a spending bill fight over health care and the border wall, which he said would secure the country against threats like MS-13. BORDER WALL Trump says he expects Mexico to pay for the wall he has promised to build along the southern border, resuscitating a campaign promise that roiled US relations with Mexico in the first week of his presidency.

His administration will mark 100 days in office on April 29 - the same day government could shut down without a budget deal. "It's a political stunt, an obsession for the president that should not shut down our government".

In the House, the chasm between ultra-conservative Republicans and party leaders that thwarted GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and delayed action on tax reform is bubbling up yet again. Other items on the White House priority list, Mulvaney said, are a $30 billion request for a cash infusion for the military and a controversial provision to give the administration greater latitude to deny certain federal grants to "sanctuary cities" that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement by federal authorities.

Sessions referenced a Treasury Department watchdog report during the Obama administration that said excess payments of about $4 billion a year were going to people that shouldn't get them, and he said reining in the problem could lead to savings over time that could pay for the wall. Trump has announced a rally in Pennsylvania that day.

Separately, Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed funding for the border wall during an interview on ABC News' "This Week".

"We expect the priorities of the president to be reflected", Priebus said, citing ongoing talks with the House and the Senate.

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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California described a border wall as "immoral" and "expensive" when asked if there was any scenario in which Democrats will agree to money for a wall to avoid a shutdown.

On "Fox News Sunday", White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Democrats are "holding hostage national security".

Additionally, Trump has said that starting "next week" he will be unveiling his tax reform package with "massive" tax cuts for all Americans. If Democrats insist on an increase on the non-defense side of the budget to match the defense supplemental - another potential roadblock - Republicans would do well to meet them partway. The White House is still debating the idea, the official said.

"I don't think they'll see health care come to a conclusion and any tax plan is a guideline", she added.

And to tout his 100-day accomplishments, Trump also unveiled plans for a rally in Harrisburg, PA next Saturday - the same evening he is snubbing the White House press corps.