Donald Trump Faults Republican Leadership for Broken Promise on Wall Fight

Donald Trump Faults Republican Leadership for Broken Promise on Wall Fight

Kerry Wise
December 21, 2018

"What they are just beginning to realise", Trump tweeted about opposition Democrats, "is that I will not sign any of their legislation, including infrastructure, unless it has ideal Border Security". Ryan told reporters that Trump informed them he would not sign the bill without border security funding.

President Donald Trump has told congressional Republicans he "will not sign" a spending bill passed by the Senate to avoid a partial government shutdown Friday, and he's citing an impasse over money for a border wall with Mexico.

It wasn't immediately clear what Ryan would be able to put together to get a majority in the House, as Republicans have been short on votes for border wall money in both the House and Senate.

U.S. President Donald Trump listens to remarks at a roundtable discussion of the Federal Commission on School Safety Report at the White House in Washington, US, December 18, 2018.

All this comes a week after the President said he'd be "proud" to shut down the government, so delaying the funding fight until Democrats retake the House next year is a fairly clear concession - and a risky one.

"Why not allow a vote on a bipartisan Senate bill and let democracy work in the House?"

After obstruction by the Democrats, Trump suggested again that he may consider using the USA military to build the wall along the southern border. Trump's requested $5 billion was nowhere to be seen.

If House Republicans fail to amend the bill to include an additional $5 billion for border wall funding, then President Trump should veto the bill.

Ryan postponed a planned news conference where reporters had anticipated GOP leaders would announce a path forward on government funding.

An offer on behalf of Schumer's part to fund a border wall undermines the meme's notion that he's automatically ruled out the wall simply because Trump wants it.

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And this has been a big problem that we've had in so many different ways with so many companies from China and from other places. Meng was arrested in Vancouver during a flight transfer while traveling from Hong Kong to Mexico.

On "Fox and Friends" on Thursday, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said: "If we're not going to fight now, when are we going to fight?" We want a secure border.

Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, said he and other senators at the sparsely attended GOP lunch found out Trump wouldn't sign the bill when someone read aloud a tweet with the news. It passed a bill to fund the Department of Defense and passed a short-term CR and said, 'You know what?

Schumer says in a Senate speech that Freedom Caucus leaders have "no strategy at all" beyond shutting down the government.

Meanwhile, Trump administration officials were looking for ways to build the wall, which the president initially had pledged Mexico would pay for, by reassigning money already doled out to USA agencies for other projects.

Congress has already finalized the 2019 budget for about three-quarters of the federal government, as a partial funding lapse on Friday night would impact about 800,000 federal workers.

"Boy, we can't have government shutdown".

In its current form, the bill only provides $1.6 billion in funding to pay for border security and other agencies at current service levels through to February 8.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said passing the stopgap funding bill would show that Republicans, still in control of the House and Senate, could finish the year by not prolonging a potential crisis. Trump also tried to defend his efforts on the border, arguing that "people are losing sight of the great job being done on our Southern Border by Border Patrol, ICE and our great Military".

The president's conservative backers insist that Trump should not back down.