President Trump plays hardball and will not sign off on the short-term bill that would avoid a partial government shutdown starting on Saturday.
“At this moment, the President does not want to go further without border security, which includes steel slats or a wall. The President is continuing to weigh his options,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement, today.
Trump had taken a tough stance earlier in the week when he told White House-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that “I am proud to shut down the government for border security … because the people of this country don’t want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country.”
And later, added, “So, I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down.”
However, he later softened his stance and indicated that he would be prepared to sign off on a short-term bill.
That said, he has now reversed his stance and is now insisting on a getting $5 billion from Congress for a wall along the Mexico border.
Some pundits speculate that the President new position may be due to the bashing of his conservative base and pundits.
The Senate unanimously passed a spending bill Wednesday night that would fund many federal agencies through February 8.
House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows described that move as a “Christmas present” and a “Valentine’s Day gift” to Democrats.
Now, if Congress doesn’t appropriate new money by Friday night, over 800,000 federal workers and contractors around the country would be sent home without pay.
What seems to be a feed taken or cue picked up from conservative pundits, Trump in his latest tweet on the matter noted, “When I begrudgingly signed the Omnibus Bill, I was promised the Wall and Border Security by leadership. Would be done by end of year (NOW). It didn’t happen! We foolishly fight for Border Security for other countries – but not for our beloved U.S.A. Not good!”
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Edited by Jesus Chan
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