Tillerson praises Mexico's generosity in offering Harvey aid

Mexican Soldiers Offer Help To The US After Hurricane Harvey Despite Trump's Anti-Mexican Campaign

He also insists the Mexican government will pay for the wall, though Mexico has steadfastly said it will not under any circumstances.

"It's very generous of the government of Mexico to offer their help at this very, very challenging time for our citizens down in Texas and now moving towards the border of Louisiana as well". "It's imperative", Trump said at a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on Monday.

President Donald Trump promised swift emergency funding to help Texas recover from Harvey, but Republicans in Congress will have the ultimate say over how much aid is delivered-and how quickly it begins to flow. Three-quarters of respondents said a government shutdown would make them "very" or "somewhat" concerned.

The cut to FEMA disaster relief would approximately amount to half of the Trump administration's desired down payment for the border wall.

It's the USA government's call at this point.

When asked about the wall, Trump also launched into a tirade against the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying Mexico has been "very difficult" as the USA aims to renegotiate the three-nation trade deal.

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The meeting happened just as Trump had secured the Republican nomination for president, and he was considered a longshot to win. A former Soviet military officer who served in a counterintelligence unit, he is also a well-known Washington lobbyist.

"Build that wall. believe me, if we have to close down our government, we're building that wall", Trump said, according to TIME.

McConnell is scheduled to attend Wednesday morning's White House meeting, according to congressional aides. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that if the debt ceiling isn't raised by September 29, his agency might not have enough flexibility to continue paying all of the government's bills.

However, some people's stances changed when pollsters specifically asked about the shutdown in relation to the border wall, which experts have estimated could cost $21.6 billion and take more than three years to complete, Reuters reports. Congress has so far refused to raise the debt ceiling, which is a borrowing limit that effectively prevents the Treasury Department from borrowing additional money.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who earned the Twitter ire of Trump over comments he made criticizing "excessive expectations" on policy goals, said in an August 23 statement that he is "committed to advancing our shared agenda together" with Trump, including preventing a government default and funding "the government so we can advance our priorities in the short and long terms".

Today, as the current spending extension bill nears its end, it remains unclear if Trump and Congress can once again agree on a measure that doesn't cover the 1,954-mile wall's expenses.

"If hurricane relief is part of a spending bill, it would probably be easier to pass, purely from a vote-counting point of view", he noted.

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