BRIDGEWATER, NJ – President Trump threatened to close the federal government this fall on Sunday, when Congress passed no far-reaching changes to the immigration laws, including the appropriation of more public funds for building his long-promised boundary wall.
"I would be prepared to shut down the government if the Democrats did not give us the vote for border security, which includes the Wall!" Tweeted Trump. "Need to get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release, etc. and finally go to the MERIT-based immigration system! We need great people to come to our country!"
Trump's shutdown warning – which he made earlier – escalates the stakes before September 30, a political showdown before the Midterm elections in November, which the Republican convention leaders had hoped to avoid. A funding struggle could also be a distraction from Senate Republicans' efforts to endorse Trump Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh until October 1.
Trump's statement on Twitter surprised some lawmakers eager to avoid a fierce desire to progress on agenda items that have stalled.
Trump met Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) And Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) On Wednesday to discuss the upcoming spending battle. The President signaled at the White House meeting that he was on board with McConnell's and Ryan's strategy to smoothly finance the government through "minibuses" or smaller packages of spending bills moving through the House of Representatives and the Senate
But in recent days Trump has also spoken with some outside political allies who have urged him to hit a harder line on the border wall to pressure the Democrats and rally his core voters in November, according to two Die People reported these discussions.
However, it is unclear whether the mere threat of closing the government could lead the Democrats to agree to the construction of the Wall, especially as Trump resigned at the last minute.] Both last year and this year said Trump, he would close the government if the Democrats were not prepared to finance the construction of the wall. Both times, the Democrats refused, and on both occasions Trump agreed to sign spending bills that did not include funds for a new wall along the southern border.
Spending bills have used funds to replace existing walls or barriers, something that Trump has tried to promote to its supporters as a sign of progress. The latest spending bill funded US $ 1.6 billion for border controls, but this money does not apply to new construction.
In January, there was a brief government stalemate after Senate Democrats rejected a spending package on Trump's deportation of immigrants who had been illegally brought to the United States as children. But democratic solidarity in this matter did not last long. They gave in quickly.
While last week's GOP leaders worked to solidarity with Trump on immigration, they also commented on the timing of significant legislative progress.
McConnell said Friday the financing of the wall would "probably" have to wait until after the split time. "Probably, and we have a disagreement about that," he said in an interview with a radio station in Kentucky, referring to the timing of the action on Capitol Hill.
Ryan said Thursday that he believes Trump is "willing to be patient" to make sure we get what we need so we can do it. The spokesman for the house added that the proposed boundary wall would eventually be built, calling it "no question of when, it's a question of when.
Congress reached an agreement in March to finance government operations by the end of September, and it must pass new laws by then, or the government will partially close October 1, just five weeks before the midterm elections. The Demands of the White House Since Trump's inauguration, the borders range from $ 2 to $ 25 billion.
House republicans are trying to provide $ 5 billion to build the Wall, a number Trump has endorsed agreed to partially fund the construction of the Wall in exchange for other changes in immigration policy, but these discussions have repeatedly collapsed.
During the presidential campaign, Trump often promised that Mexico would pay for the construction of the Wall, but the Mexican government refused Doing so has caused Trump to demand that the U S taxpayers finance the construction of the wall and claim that he would recover the money from Mexico in other ways.
Democrats believe they will make significant profits in the midterms and any gains could make it more difficult to secure money for the construction of the Wall. Trump's shutdown threat could be his last trick to secure the financing of the border wall from the midterms.
Trump has pursued a high-spending government since taking office, allowing the Democrats to secure funding for some of their priorities in order to raise a larger budget for the military. This had contributed dramatically to widening the budget deficit, leading to complaints from Conservatives.
Trump said in March, when he signed the latest spending bill, that he would not let this happen again, but the Republicans have such a thin majority in the Senate that it makes it impossible to pass spending without the support of the Democrats.
Costa and Paletta reported from Washington. Seung Min Kim in Washington contributed to this report.