President Donald Trump is threatening to shut down the government if he doesn’t get funding for his border wall as members of his own party are mulling the delay in money for it ahead of the November election.
‘I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!,’ he tweeted Sunday morning.
But after a meeting with him at the White House last week, the congressional leaders of his party said money for the controversial wall could wait until after voters made their choices in November.
Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that funding for the wall would ‘probably’ wait until after the midterm elections.
Trump is threatening to shut down the government if he doesn’t get his wall
Trump threatened to shut down the government in March if he didn’t get his wall funded but caved and signed a deal
Members of a family reunite through the border wall between Mexico and United States, during the ‘Keep our dream alive’ event, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on December 10, 2017
‘Probably, and that’s something we do have a disagreement on,’ McConnell told a Kentucky radio station when asked if funding for the border wall would wait until after November, according toThe Hill newspaper.
McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan met with Trump at the White House on Wednesday to work on a plan to avoid a shutdown ahead of the November midterm elections.
Trump made it clear in the meeting he wanted $5 billion to fund his border wall, according to a report in Politico, but he signaled to the congressional leaders he’d be willing to wait until after the midterms.
‘The president’s willing to be patient to make sure that we get what we need so we can that done,’ Ryan said after the meeting, adding that funding the wall was ‘not a question of if, it’s a question of when.’
But Sunday’s tweet could change things and raises the odds the government will close in October.
Funding Trump’s controversial wall could paralyze budget talks. Estimates say it would take $25 billion to build it. Democrats don’t want to give any kind of down payment without a guarantee for Dreamers, the illegal immigrants who came to the country as children.
Funding for the government runs out at the end of September.
The Senate is working to finish nine of its 12 annual spending bills by the end of next week while the House only passed six of its annual funding bills before it left on its August recess.
The House version of the spending bill includes Trump’s request but Senate Democrats are unlikely to agree to it — meaning any attempt to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which is where the money would come from, could lead to a shutdown.
Speaker Paul Ryan said funding the wall is a when not an if
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said funding the wall could wait until after November
Relatives separated by the border wall between Mexico and the United States meet, during the ‘Keep our dream alive’ event, in Ciudad Juarez in December 2017
Trump is trying to kick blame for any shutdown to the Democrats but Republicans control both Congress and the White House, sparking fears a government closure could come back to bite the GOP at the ballot box.
The president also tweeted he wanted to get rid of the immigration lottery – the Diversity Immigrant Visa program, also known as the green card lottery, makes available 50,000 visas annually to diversify the immigrant population in the United States, by selecting applicants from countries with low numbers of immigrants in the previous five years.
As of 2017, around 20 million people apply for the lottery each year.
Democrats are unlikely to want to end it.
This is not the first time the president has made threats about a government shutdown.
Trump made a similar threat in May during an interview with ‘Fox & Friends.’
He also threatened to shutdown the government in March if he didn’t get his wall but eventually caved and signed a budget deal put together by a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders.
But, after signing the budget deal, Trump showed his anger and regret.
He vowed never again to sign a budget without the authority to do a line-item veto, which would let him go in and cross out individual items instead of the entire piece of legislation
‘I say to Congress: I will never sign another bill like this again. I’m not going to do it,’ he said.
The government briefly shut down in January over immigration.