There had been speculation that the president might use legislation giving legal status to so-called Dreamers as leverage to ensure construction on a border wall

Donald Trump will not demand that funding for his border wall with Mexico be linked to legislation giving legal status to so-called Dreamers, a top White House aide said on Tuesday.

Marc Short, director of legislative affairs, told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor event: “The President is committed to sticking by his commitment that a physical structure [on the U.S.-Mexico border] is needed to protect the American people.”

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