Trump appears to back off his demand for $5B for border wall

Staff Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Wednesday headed toward a short-term budget measure to keep the government open after President Donald Trump appeared to back off his demand for $5 billion for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. But facing criticism from supporters, Trump continued to argue the wall would be built.
The White House shifted its rhetoric Tuesday after days of impasse leading up to a potential partial government shutdown. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated that Trump doesn’t want to shut down the government and said the administration was looking at ways to find the money elsewhere.
One option that has been circulating on Capitol Hill would be to simply approve government funding at existing levels, without a boost for the border, as a stopgap measure to kick the issue into the new Congress next month. The chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., confirmed late Tuesday his office was preparing legislation to keep the government funded, likely into February...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.