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Trump Now Says He'll Accept a 'Down Payment' on the Wall in Exchange for CR

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President Trump issued a new message to Congress shortly after both Senate bills to end the government shutdown failed on Thursday. He's now willing to come to an agreement with Democrats to open the government for three weeks if they agree to a "prorated down payment" of his proposed border wall, he told press at the White House.

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It's unclear exactly how much money that would be, but we know it's at least in the millions. In total, he has asked for $5.7 billion in border security.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell met with his Democratic counterpart Chuck Schumer while Trump was speaking with reporters. Asked if he'd sign an agreement the two men may come to, Trump said yes, "if it's a reasonable agreement."

The White House continued to emphasize that they would only accept a continuing resolution with that down payment.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi quickly turned it down.

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Still, Trump said if he can't get the guarantees he's asked for, he has "a lot of alternatives" to get that wall built.

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