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Trump shelves Mexico wall funding plan

Published:Tuesday | April 25, 2017 | 4:09 PM
Trump ... says he might be open to funding the wall later in the year.

US President Donald Trump has indicated he will ditch plans to find cash for his border wall in this week's spending bill.

The BBC says the president's close adviser, Kellyanne Conway, has said funding for the wall would be left out of a budget measure that must be passed by Friday.

Building the wall, paid for by Mexico, was a key campaign promise.

Democrats had threatened to block the bill if money was earmarked for the wall, so its omission may now avert a government shutdown.

But the president insisted on Twitter that he still supported the wall and that it would be built.

He reportedly told a private meeting with members of the conservative media last night that he might be open to funding the wall later in the year.