DHS Chief: Trump ‘Will Be Insistent’ On Funding For Border Wall In Spending Bill

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April 23, 2017 9:09 a.m.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Saturday predicted that President Donald Trump “will be insistent” on including funding for his proposed border wall in a spending bill that Congress must pass to avoid a government shutdown.

“Will the President go to the mat and insist on funding his border wall as part of the stopgap government funding measure?” CNN’s Dana Bash asked Kelly.

“I think it goes without saying that the President has been pretty straightforward about his desire and the need for a border wall,” Kelly said. “So I would suspect he’ll do the right thing for sure, but I would suspect he will be insistent on the funding.”

Trump on Friday told the Associated Press that efforts to avoid a shutdown were “going very well.”

“I think we’ll be in great shape on that,” he said.

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