Trump Team Escalates Threats to Shut Down Government

Posted August 29, 2017

US President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans have rebuked him after his threat to shutdown the US government over border wall funding rattled markets and cast a shadow over congressional efforts to raise the country's debt ceiling and pass spending bills.

He made the vow during a rally in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday.

"Believe me, if we have to close down our government, we're building that wall", Mr Trump said. Democrats are insisting that funding for the controversial barrier is not included in a bill to keep the government running past the September 30 deadline.

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President Trump accused the Democrats in Congress who oppose the idea of a border wall of standing "in the way of border security", adding that they "are putting all of America's safety at risk".

"If Trump caves once again and signs a budget without funding for the wall, it could make him look weak and ineffective", he writes. She tweeted that the email's objective was to provide reporters with "research on Trump's lies" and noted that DNC chair Tom Perez earlier this month said a massive border wall along the southern border of the USA is "ludicrous" and a waste of tax dollars.

Neither Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky nor Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has weighed in on Trump's remarks, but some prominent conservative lawmakers are urging Republicans to support the president.

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"This notion of a 2,000-mile wall has been - for anyone who spends time on the border - just out there, because there is so much of the border that simply doesn't lend itself to a wall of any type", Flake said.

A White House statement said Trump would hold "previously scheduled meetings" with McConnell once Congress returns to Washington and that Trump and McConnell "remain united on many shared priorities, including middle class tax relief, strengthening the military, constructing a southern border wall, and other important issues". The actual wall would be only about 1,000 miles long, Trump has said, with the rest of the border protected by "natural barriers". The border wall is a priority for the president. Congress should use this funding to help American families - not fulfill campaign applause lines, " Lowey said Wednesday in a statement.

In Trump's tweet, the former reality television star speculated about the possibility of terminating the talks due to the "difficult" renegotiation with the Canadian and Mexican trade teams.

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