Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump threatens US government shutdown over border wall

Trump threatens US government shutdown over border wall

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

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that funding for the wall would "probably" wait until after the midterm elections.

Trump, in a Twitter comment, called for the "finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!".

Lawmakers met with Trump last week to discuss the appropriations process to fund the government by the September deadline.

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. Senators will spend the first week of August at home in their districts but will be in session the rest of the month.

Both chambers will have short window of working days to approve a spending bill before government funding expires. "But we're going to get the wall, even if we have to think about closing up the country for a while".

House Republicans released a spending bill this month that provides $5 billion next year to build President Trump's wall, a major boost.

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However, a disruption in federal government operations could backfire on Trump if voters blame Republicans, who control Congress, for the interruption in services.

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Irritated at the stalling of his border wall plans, US President Donald Trump has threatened to "shut down" the government in his latest tweet taking aim at Democrats over immigration reform.

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.

Separately Sunday, President Trump tweeted that there are "consequences when people cross our Border illegally" and claimed that many who do so are "using children for their own sinister purposes".

The administration says some of their parents have criminal histories.

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