Trump vows to build Mexico border wall as deal reached to avoid US government shutdown

Trump vows to build Mexico border wall as deal reached to avoid US government shutdownRepublican and Democrat negotiators reached a finance deal late on Monday to prevent another shutdown of the US government – even as Donald Trump threatened their progress by insisting he would “build the wall anyway”. The construction will follow existing designs, likely with metal slats, and would be considerably less of an undertaking than the 215 miles of concrete wall for which the White House demanded $ 5.7bn (£4bn) in December. More than 800,000 federal employees went unpaid over a period of 35 days, postponing the State of the Union address and hurting Mr Trump’s poll numbers.



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