Trump Will Shut Down Government Over Border Wall Funding

Trump threatens to ‘shut down’ government if Dems don’t support border measures

Central American migrants sit atop a US-Mexico border fence at Border Field State Park California

WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump said he had no qualms about shutting down the government as part of a dispute over funding for a southern border wall.

Trump says, "I'll always leave room for negotiation". "Italy got exhausted of it, they didn't want it any longer", said the president. The federal government has already shut down twice this year, first over a failed deal for Dreamers, young undocumented migrants brought to the country as children, then over a funding bill.

Trump has pledged to campaign for Republicans but remains wedded to his plan for a border wall, which Mexico refuses to fund, leaving him to depend on American taxpayers instead.

Video: The Washington Post's Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker and David Nakamura explain why President Trump still pledges to build a wall on the US southern border.

It faces hurdles in the Senate, where the Republican party has a wafer-thin majority and would need the support of 10 Democrats to pass the bill.

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But the nominally Republican Congress has struggled to reach any consensus on funding the border wall and implementing other key items on Trump's immigration agenda.

"I don't think we're going to shut down the government", Stivers said on the ABC News programme This Week.

In March, Congress passed a bill with $1.6bn in border security funding, but most of it was to fix sections of an existing barrier along the US-Mexico border.

And on Iran, Mr. Trump said that he would be willing to meet with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in light of other "great" meetings with known adversaries including Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

While he spoke specifically about border wall funding on Twitter, Trump on Monday did not take a firm stance on his must-fund priorities. Earlier this year, he also introduced a bill that would require all of California's government pension funds to divest from any company involved in building the wall. This has led Trump to demand that USA taxpayers fund construction of the wall, claiming he would recoup the money from Mexico through other means.

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But Trump's shutdown threat, in which he also demanded several pieces of a comprehensive immigration overhaul that is stalled in Congress, has opened the door to a politically bruising spending fight as the fiscal year ends in September.

The House is in recess and won't return until after Labor Day. The Senate remains in session and is set to go on break the week of August 6 before returning for the rest of the month. They do have the strength to derail legislation in the closely divided Senate.

"These allegations of abuse are extremely disturbing and must be addressed", Grassley and Feinstein wrote in a letter to the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services.

"Please understand, there are consequences when people cross our Border illegally, whether they have children or not - and many are just using children for their own sinister purposes. We have the worst immigration laws anywhere in the world".

"Trump's border wall does nothing to promote San Diego's robust economy and our positive global ties with Mexico", Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry, a Democrat, said in a statement.

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