Trump willing to shut down government over wall

Cheryl Sanders
July 29, 2018

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

A disruption in federal government operations in the months before November congressional elections could backfire on Trump if voters blame Republicans, who control Congress, for the interruption in services.

Trump would be taking a political risk if he does, in fact, allow most government functions to lapse on October 1 - the first day of the new budget year - about a month before the November 6 elections, when Republican control of both the House and Senate is at stake. Trump also has been advocating a number of changes to immigration laws, including ending the visa lottery program as well as "catch and release" - the practice of releasing from detention immigrants caught entering the country illegally if they agree to court hearings.

Both Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and McConnell met with Trump last week to discuss funding the government.

He also called for an immigration system "based on MERIT!", adding that immigrants wanted by the US needed to be "great people".

A federal judge on Friday urged the USA government to focus on finding deported immigrant parents so it could reunite them with their children who remain in the United States.

Democrats and some Republicans have objected to some of the changes Trump seeks. Senators will spend the first week of August at home in their districts but will be in session the rest of the month.

The president tweeted on Sunday two days after the Senate's top Republican, Mitch McConnell, said a shutdown was not going to happen.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said on CBS News' "Face the Nation" that he didn't think shutting down the government just before the elections would be helpful "so let's try and avoid it".

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.

On June 20, Trump signed an executive order halting his administration's policy, but there are still many questions about how the remaining hundreds of children will be reunited with their parents.

"Many are just using children for their own sinister purposes", he wrote.

Trump also tweeted Sunday that Congress needs to act on fixing the country's immigration laws, which he called the "dumbest and worst" anywhere.

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