Trump Again Threatens Govt. Shutdown if Dems Block Border Wall Funding
U.S. President Donald Trump is at it again. On Tuesday, he demanded in a tweet that Congressional Democrats fund the $25 billion U.S-Mexico border wall or he will shut down the federal government.
“I do not care what the political ramifications are, our immigration laws and border security have been a complete and total disaster for decades, and there is no way that the Democrats will allow it to be fixed without a Government Shutdown,” the president tweeted.
The president tweeted again saying, “Border Security is National Security, and National Security is the long-term viability of our Country. A Government Shutdown is a very small price to pay for a safe and Prosperous America!”
Rush Limbaugh, the talk radio host and ‘Fox & Friends’ on Fox News, Trump’s favorite morning cable news show, praised Trump for threatening to push the federal off’ button if he does not get ‘excellent border security.
“Trump is showing he is not afraid of a government shutdown which, believe me, the base of this party loves,” Limbaugh said.
A recent Gallup poll gauging Republicans’ approval of Trump’s job performance as president shows 85 percent approval rate. Limbaugh said this high rate is because of Trump’s tough talk and uncompromising positions that is preferred by Republicans.
“They hate this cowering before the Democrats in the media over government shutdowns. They hate giving up every policy idea in the face of the blackmail of a government shutdown. So they love Trump saying he would be willing to do this because the issue of immigration is what got him elected,” Limbaugh said.
Speaking at a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte Monday morning, Trump railed against border security and illegal immigration, saying America is the “laughing stock of the world” with the “worst” immigration laws. “I would have no problem doing a shutdown. It is time we had proper border security. We are the laughing stock of the world,” Trump said while describing the immigration laws as the worst anywhere in the world.
Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn noted that Republicans are trying to hold onto their control of the legislative branch which has made Trump to privately agree to hold off any confrontations with Congress until after November’s (Midterm) election.
“President Trump has privately agreed to put off a potential shutdown or any fight over border wall funding until after midterm elections,” Cornyn tweeted.
strong>”I would have no problem doing a shutdown. It is time we had proper border security. We are the laughing stock of the world.”
In a meeting last week with Republican Congressional leaders including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan, Trump discussed the budget and supported a short-term spending patch and passing the less-controversial funding bills to avoid a government shutdown. An administration official said that the president made it clear that he will pursue his immigration reforms in early November and early December.
The president seemed open to making a deal with Democrats saying that there is no “red line” for negotiations saying that he wants great border security.
Democrats do not want to approve any down payment for the border wall without a guarantee for Dreamers, the immigrants who came to the country as children. “I will always leave room for negotiation,” Trump said.
As the Russia investigation heats up, the president has returned his focus to immigration, border wall and government shutdown and has continued to press the issue since then.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney said recently that the president knew about the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting before it took place.
House Republican leaders have tried to pass Trump’s immigration reform demands but failed. In June, the Republicans proposed an additional $23.4 billion for border security – including the long-sought border wall – and ending the visa-lottery program to establish a system of merit-based immigration, the proposal went down in flames with not enough members of their party voting for it.
A separate bill by conservatives in the House also failed. Democrats opposed both measures.
Sen. Cornyn described the president’s threat to shut down the government as part of Trump’s negotiation tactic.
“I was a little surprised that Mr. Trump brought it back up again, but I know it is a burr under his saddle,” Cornyn told the media. “The president negotiates in his unique fashion, and I assume that is part of what’s going on here, but there’s no interest in shutting down the government.”
The government funding runs out at the end of September. The Senate tried to finish nine of its 12 annual spending bills before August recess while the House passed six of its annual funding bills only.
The House version of the spending bill includes Trump’s request, but Senate Democrats are unlikely to agree to it because any attempt to fund the Department of Homeland Security could lead to a shutdown. Trying to blame Democrats over government closure will bite the GOP at the ballot box because Republicans control both Congress and the White House
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