Trump Threatens to Shut Down Government to Build Border Wall


President Donald Trump Threatens Government Shutdown To Build Border Wall | NBC News

United States President Donald Trump threatened to shut down the government in order to achieve his goal of building a border wall with the USA’s southern neighbor, Mexico.

The President also said that the “filibuster rule” needed to be eliminated if the Republican Party were to get anything done through the legislature, blaming 8 Democrats for holding up his domestic agenda.

President Trump spoke at length at a “Make America Great Again” rally in Phoenix, Arizona, calling Democrats “obstructionists” accusing Democrats of “putting all of America’s safety at risk” through their trenchant opposition to Donald Trump’s immigration plans.

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The pocket veto to shutdown the government

The President threatened Congress with a government shutdown if funding for his wall were not passed. A government shutdown occurs when the federal government’s budgetary allotment for the year runs out. Congress and the President must approve a new budget before federal government services can resume.

To obtain a government shutdown, Trump needs only refuse to sign any funding bill that is sent to him by the US Congress.

Interestingly, during his campaign for President of the United States, Donald Trump told his supporters and the world that Mexico would pay for the wall.

The plan to build a border wall is scant on details but analysts estimate the project will be quite expensive. In a characteristic negotiation technique, Donald Trump’s all-or-nothing brinksmanship to push this portion of his agenda could haunt him should Democrats retake the legislature in the 2020 midterm elections.

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Charlottesville tragedy

When speaking about his response to the demonstrations and deaths in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump claimed the press were “truly dishonest people” calling them “the fake media.”

The initial response to the tragedy in Charlottesville was “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” and was criticized by Republicans and Democrats for not explicitly naming and condemning the Neo-Nazi element present at the demonstration.

Trump also addressed the North American Free Trade Agreement re-negotiations currently taking place but said he would probably terminate the agreement anyway.

North Korea

With regards to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, Trump said: “I respect the fact that he is starting to respect us….And maybe – probably not, but maybe – something positive can come about”

Joe Arpaio

One of the larger controversies Trump has faced outside of North Korea, the Charlottesville tragedy, and the border wall is his support of embattled Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Speculation was rampant that the President might pardon the sheriff, who was found guilt of contempt for his treatment of illegal immigrants. Trump said, “I don’t want to cause any controversy” and reiterated that Joe Arpaio would be “just fine.”

[BBC – Trump says he is willing to ‘close government’ to build Mexico wall]

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