Trump leaves room for negotiation in push for border wall funding

Posted August 01, 2018

"Trump's border wall does nothing to promote San Diego's robust economy and our positive global ties with Mexico", Democratic Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry said, according to The Washington Free Beacon. Government funding is now set to expire at the end of the day on September 30, leaving lawmakers just 11 legislative days to negotiate an agreement.

"I would have no problem doing a shutdown", Trump said during a joint press conference at the White House with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

"I'll always leave room for negotiation", he said.

President Donald Trump reiterated his threat Monday to shut down the government if Congress fails to pass new border security and immigration measures, but he declined to draw a line in the sand.

"Must get rid of Lottery, Catch and Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!"

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Trump's tweet Sunday comes two days after the Senate's top Republican, Mitch McConnell, said in a home-state radio interview that a shutdown wasn't going to happen.

McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan met with Trump at the White House on Wednesday to work on a plan to avoid a shutdown ahead of the November midterm elections.

'The president's willing to be patient to make sure that we get what we need so we can that done, ' Ryan said after the meeting, adding that funding the wall was 'not a question of if, it's a question of when'. Trump has asked for $25 billion to build the wall. They don't contain many provisions Democrats would normally object to since Republicans are generally satisfied with regulatory rollbacks being carried out by the Trump administration.

Trump's comments come after he threatened on Twitter over the weekend to shut down the government if he does not receive for his campaign-promised wall from Congress.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said he assumed Trump's words were a "negotiating tactic". He didn't blame the government for failing to reunify them, since they aren't in government custody, but he did say they are the government's responsibility.

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Trump began his policy of "zero tolerance" this spring, prosecuting all migrants caught entering the US without authorization.

In a meeting at the White House last week, GOP leaders conveyed to Trump that they were on track to approve more than half of the government spending bills before September 30, leaving more controversial matters - including the wall - until after the election.

"Trump seized on the praise, tweeting Monday that "a highly respected Federal judge" had said that the "'Trump Administration gets great credit' for reuniting illegal families.

The House and Senate have already approved a separate package funding the departments of Energy and Veterans Affairs and are working out differences in the competing versions. The House adjourned for five weeks on Thursday while the Senate will only take one week off in August. They do, however, have the strength to derail legislation in the closely divided Senate. The higher amount matches what Trump has privately sought in conversations with Republican lawmakers, according to a GOP congressional aide who wasn't authorized to publicly talk about private discussions and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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

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