Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Trump steels for possible government shutdown amid border wall impasse

Trump steels for possible government shutdown amid border wall impasse

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.

Donald Trump tweeted Sunday morning that he'd be willing to shut down the government over immigration.

Earlier this month in an all-caps tweet, Trump warned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to "Never, ever threaten the United States again or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before".

"As far as the border is concerned and personally, if we don't get border security, after many, many years of talk within the United States, I would have no problem doing a shutdown. Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!" tweets Trump.

Last year, he warned he would end former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which gave temporary legal status to the children of undocumented immigrants.

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And while some construction has begun, it's to replace portions of the existing barrier. He added that money for the wall was "not a question of if, it's a question of when".

"I don't think we're going to shut down the government, ' Republican Rep. Steve Stivers said on ABC's 'This Week" on Sunday. McConnell canceled most of his chamber's recess to give senators time to work on the annual spending bills.

Trump has previously floated the idea of a government shutdown over border security funding. But Democratic solidarity over the matter did not last long, and they backed down quickly. Trump has asked for $25 billion to build the wall. But they have the strength to derail legislation in the closely divided Senate.

The executive order will end the process of separating children from their families after they are detained for crossing U.S. border illegally. "Believe me, crimes they are".

Trump has embraced a big-spending approach to government since taking office, allowing Democrats to secure funding for a number of their priorities in order for him to win a bigger budget for the military.

Hosting Italy's prime minister, he also told reporters he would "leave room for negotiation" on border security.

A new House Homeland Security Appropriations bill would devote $5 billion to a southern border wall, however its passage in the Senate, where it would need the support of ten Democrats, remains a longshot.

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