Pesident Donald Trump is "begging" for Congress to "step up" and fix the nation's "broken" immigration system, and is less concerned about shutting down the federal government before or after the midterm elections in that quest, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.
Republicans said they were surprised by Trump's threat Monday that he would "have no problem doing a shutdown" if Congress didn't approve additional border security funding. "We're going to have tremendous border security that will include the wall". We're the laughing stock of the world.
Trump campaigned on the promise of building a wall to deter illegal immigration and making Mexico pay for it. Mexico has refused, leading Trump to look to US taxpayers to fund the endeavor instead, at least for now.
Trump's threat, his second in two days, put him further at odds with his own party in Congress, where many Republicans are facing tough re-election fights this November.
Republican leaders believed they had an understanding with Trump last week when they met at the White House to discuss strategy ahead of the budget year that starts Oct.1. "People want border security, it's not just the wall, Rush, as you know". "I'll always leave room for negotiation", Trump said when asked whether he would insist on getting all his immigration proposals before government funding runs out.More news: Mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Louisville
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"Now, the shutdown can also take place after the [midterm elections]", Trump continued, "[But] I happen to think that it would be a great political thing. "It's disgraceful." Trump said that his demand for border security "includes many things" besides the wall, including ending the visa lottery system and terminating chain migration.
"We are doing a phenomenal job, we are setting records, but we have laws that don't work so we are working around those laws and it's unfortunate". And we have to change our laws.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Capitol Hill after the meeting with Trump: "The president's willing to be patient to make sure that we get what we need so that we can get that done". "I would certainly be willing to close it down to get it done". "None of us want to shut down the government", chairman of the Senate Appropriations committee, Richard Shelby (R-Alabama), told reporters on Monday. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) stated on CBS shortly after Trump's tweet went live on Sunday. The House is now in recess, and congressmen will return after Labor Day. "And I say hey, if you have a shutdown, you have a shutdown".
Those leaders have said they remain on track to pass many of their spending bills before the September 30 fiscal year deadline, brushing aside Mr. Trump's demands and saying they're intent on avoiding a shutdown.