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Damian Paletta is White House economic policy reporter for The Washington Post. Before joining The Post, he covered the White House for the Wall Street Journal.
Unsatisfied with the funding in a bill passed by Congress, President Trump took executive action to try to secure about $6.5 billion more for border barriers.
The action tests the limits of presidential power and is certain to lead to legal and political battles.
Congress is voting on sweeping legislation to avert a government shutdown set to start at the end of Friday.
The president predicts there will not be another government shutdown, as a Friday deadline approaches.
The deal doesn’t give Trump as much money as he wanted for a border wall and drops some Democratic proposals to limit ICE detentions.
The number of beds ICE can have for detention of unauthorized immigrants has created a new stalemate.
Meanwhile, the White House is looking at ways to redirect taxpayer money for the construction of a wall.
They are mounting a counterattack to neutralize the emerging trend.
Cain ran for president in 2012 but lost the Republican primary to Mitt Romney. A former pizza industry executive, he became famous for his simplified tax plan, known as “Nine-Nine-Nine,” and for complaints that he sexually harassed women.
Escalating trade tensions coincide with a new era of hostility between the Trump administration and some of America’s closest allies.