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Donald Trump doubles down on threat to shut government over border wall

‘I don’t care what the political ramifications are,’ Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 August, 2018, 4:55am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 August, 2018, 5:14am

US President Donald Trump vowed to press for a government shutdown to win funding for a border wall regardless of the political consequences on Tuesday, amid fears among Republican lawmakers that a shutdown before the November midterm elections could damage the party.

“I don’t care what the political ramifications are,” Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday. “Our immigration laws and border security have been a complete and total disaster for decades, and there is no way that the Democrats will allow it to be fixed without a Government Shutdown.”

He added in another tweet that a government shutdown “is a very small price to pay”.

The statements doubled down on threats he made in tweets over the weekend and at a news conference on Monday at the White House.

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, influential in Republican circles, responded by branding the gambit “Trump’s Lose-the-House Strategy”.

The evidence is clear: anti-immigration is anti-growth

Republicans in Congress are planning to delay a fight over the president’s border wall until after the midterms.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are sticking with their strategy of completing full-year funding bills for most agencies before the October 1 start of the next financial year.

They say they will wait until later to seek US$5 billion for the wall on the US-Mexico border.

The two leaders met with Trump last Wednesday and later said the president was on board with their plan – leaving aides to wonder why Trump appears to be contradicting that strategy.