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A truck drives near the Mexico-US border fence, on the Mexican side, separating the towns of Anapra, Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.  U.S. President Donald Trump will direct the Homeland Security Department to start building a wall at the Mexican border. (AP Photo/Christian Torres)

Trump blasted 'the fake media' for reporting he was backing off on the border wall


President Trump blasted "the fake media" for implying that he was willing to back away from his controversial proposed Mexican border wall.

Trump reportedly told a group of conservative media outlets on Monday that he was willing to postpone ensuring funding for the wall until September, rather than demand it be a part of any congressional budget. The reports were hailed by Democrats, who have vowed to oppose any legislation that includes funding for the wall.

Here's his tweet from Tuesday morning.

The wall has been one of his favorite Twitter topics in recent days.

Lately, he's touted its utility in stopping drug trafficking.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the reports were "good for the U.S."

Schumer and other Democrats have called the wall wasteful.

Trump insists the wall is coming and Mexico will pay for it "at a later date."

If the wall, estimated to cost at least $20 billion, is removed from budgetary negotiations, that eases one major contentious issue for Democrats. But Trump has also threatened to cut off subsidies that make the Affordable Care Act insurance affordable, which will be a non-starter with many Democrats in budget talks.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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