Trump administration officials are delaying the final approval of a proposed border wall that was expected to begin construction next week.
The White House on Thursday announced it would delay the first phase of the border wall project until February, citing a lack of funds for the construction of the $2.6 billion project.
The delay comes after the Department of Homeland Security approved a waiver to allow for the wall’s construction in September.
The department said in September it would build the border barrier on a section of the Rio Grande that stretches from Brownsville, Texas, in the west to the Mexican border in Brownsville in the east.
That portion of the wall would be the final stretch of the project.
Trump has repeatedly threatened to shut down the border if the border fence isn’t completed.
But Trump has repeatedly promised not to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.