Trump shutdown threat rattles party

Trump shutdown threat rattles party

Trump shutdown threat rattles party

Congressional Republicans, already facing a hard election landscape, confronted a prospect on Sunday they had worked feverishly to avoid: a threat by President Trump to shut down the government over funding for a border wall.

He tweeted Sunday "I would be willing to "shut down" government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall!"

President Trump's popularity would rocket "through the roof" if he would just keep one promise that became a national mantra during the 2016 campaign, says best-selling author and conservative firebrand Ann Coulter.

But he did not address how much he wants for the wall this year when pressed twice by the media if he would insist on the full amount for the project, which the White House has at times put at up to $25 billion.

In recent days Mr. Trump has been warning that he will accept a shutdown when government funding expires on September 30 unless Congress toughens the nation's immigration laws and comes up with more money for a wall on the Mexican border.

"They don't want the wall", Trump said. Trump tweeted. "Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!"

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Monday's news conference follows a White House meeting that Trump held with the Italian prime minister. At the hearing, administration officials revealed that hundreds of children remain separated almost a week after a court-imposed deadline to reunite them, that pregnant detainees can be shackled as long as they are not in "active labor" and that there was significant internal pushback within agencies as the family separation policy was being developed by President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. We need great people coming into our Country!,' he tweeted Sunday morning.

"If we don't get border security".

Trump returned to the idea of shutting down the government over the border wall after meeting at the White House last week with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to discuss the fall legislative agenda.

Trump is also defending U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying it defends the U.S. against "MS-13 nests" of "bad, bad people".

McConnell steered clear of criticizing Trump, saying that while he supports what the president is trying to achieve on the border wall, the Senate is working to resolve the issue through regular order.

"I'll meet with anyone", the president replied.

McConnell later told a radio interviewer that a shutdown so close to the November 6 midterm elections won't happen.

Both chambers will have a short window to approve a spending bill before government funding expires.

"We have to end these terrible catch-and-release principles where you catch somebody, you take their name and you release them". Each time congressional leaders have reached a broad bipartisan agreement on spending, he has expressed anger that it does not include money for the wall and threatened to torpedo the deal.

But the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting migrants entering the US without authorization, and its separation of thousands of children from their parents, has drawn election-year criticism from both parties. "We have the worst immigration laws anywhere in the world", Trump said, adding the U.S. needs border security.

The $5 billion is well above the $1.6 billion in the Senate version of the bill, which would finance the Homeland Security Department.

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