The White House has quietly notified Congress that President Donald Trump will not shut down the government in October if lawmakers do not fund a wall along the border of Mexico, The Washington Post is reporting.
The move would appear to clear the way for Congress to agree to a short-term budget deal, according to the newspaper.
Trump had publicly warned he would shut down the government if Congress did not include $1.6 billion to build the wall.
"But believe me, if we have to close down our government, we're building that wall," he said at an Aug. 22 rally in Phoenix, Arizona.
But according to the Post, White House officials have informed Congress the money would need to be included in any budget package designed to keep the government operating until sometime in December.
However, administration officials stressed to lawmakers that funding of the wall remains a top priority for the president and he wants it included in the next budget bill in December, the newspaper said. And they cautioned, Trump could still follow through on his shutdown threat if lawmakers don't include the funding later this year.
The newspaper's national political reporter Robert Costa tweeted on Friday Trump was pulling back his shutdown threat for now.
Meanwhile, Politico noted many Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., were concerned about the prospects of a government shutdown over the wall.
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