No signs of Trump backing down as shutdown looms

Posted December 22, 2018

President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funds hurled the federal government closer to a shutdown as the Republican-led House approved a package Thursday with his $5.7 billion request that is nearly certain to be rejected by the Senate.

On "The Five" Friday, Jedediah Bila said Democrats who oppose funding President Trump's border wall should take a minute and think about what they are really opposing.

It would have extended government funding until February 8, but contained no money for a wall on the US-Mexico border, a pet project Mr Trump has fought for since he began campaigning for president in 2015. But Trump pushed Republican allies in the House to use the short-term funding bill as leverage to force through the border wall money despite Democratic objections.

The shutdown, scheduled for midnight, would disrupt government operations and leave hundreds of thousands of federal workers furloughed or forced to work without pay just days before Christmas. She is poised to become House speaker on January 3 and had warned Trump in a televised Oval Office meeting last week that he wouldn't have the votes for the wall. But Ryan came under heavy criticism from conservatives during a private party meeting and then was called out to speak to Trump on the phone, several lawmakers said.

"Shutdown today if Democrats do not vote for Border Security!" he fumed.

The Senate is being called back to session to consider a package approved by House Republicans.

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Last week, Trump made it clear that he is the one responsible if the government does shut down.

Amid a looming government shutdown, President Donald Trump tweeted to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at the eleventh hour, urging him to "use the Nuclear Option and get it done!"

If the House measure is put to a vote in the Senate, Democrats have pledged to deny its passage.

Trump's border wall was a key campaign promise in the 2016 election, when he said it would be paid for by Mexico, and sees it as a winning issue for his 2020 re-election campaign.

Only a week ago, Trump said he would be "proud" to shut down the government, which Republicans control, in the name of border security.

"We hope they'll step up", she told reporters at the White House.

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Trump also falsely claimed that former President Ronald Reagan "tried to get a wall, and he fought for a long time, during his entire term, and he was never able to get a wall".

He blamed "far-left" Democrats for opposing the spending package approved by House Republicans and supported by Trump. "And now, President Trump is throwing a temper tantrum and creating the Trump shutdown of the government". They flew back to Washington from all parts of the World in order to vote for Border Security and the Wall.

If the impasse continues, funding for agencies responsible for federal law enforcement activities, airport security screenings, space exploration and farm programs will lapse at midnight on Friday.

Republicans, however, now have only a 51-49 majority, which includes a few moderate Republicans and anti-Trump Republicans who aren't thrilled with the prospect of a wall.

"We have rules to follow", said Sen.

Trump has voiced increasing frustration that Congress has refused his request for a $5-billion down payment on the $20-billion wall he says will thwart illegal immigration. "Not for wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on an immoral, ineffective & expensive wall", said Speaker-Designate Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

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In view of analysts at Rabobank, a U.S. government shutdown is imminent as a bipartisan efforts to implement a stopgap funding bill, which would ensure the government can continue to operate as normal until 8 February, were thwarted by President Trump. "If you veto this bill (with no wall funding), we'll be there".