Trump will not sign spending bill without wall funding, after conservatives fought


An angry President Trump on Thursday summoned House Speaker Paul Ryan and other top GOP lawmakers to the White House to demand more money for his border wall - increasing the chance of a government shutdown.

On Wednesday night, the Senate unanimously voted to clear a stopgap bill that would postpone addressing funding a border wall until at least February in order to avoid a government shutdown, according to Politico.

Assuming a majority of the Republicans are ready to go along with the Senate plan and enough Democrats will sign on without the full border wall funding, it probably still passes.

On Jan. 3, Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives from Republicans, making it even less likely that Trump will win money for a border wall.

"I don't care what the political ramifications are, 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 tweeted.

Schumer has also argued that border security isn't limited to a wall, and that there are other, more effective ways to secure the border. Trump appeared to back off his demand for $5 billion to fund a border wall on Tuesday after days of impasse with Congress. "We're about to lose the majority and we've made promises that haven't been kept", Womack said.

Republican and Democratic leaders earlier on Wednesday gave strong signals that the stopgap, known as a continuing resolution, would pass Congress and head to the president's desk.

Schumer's office insisted a border fence is very different from Trump's promised wall. A March bill included money for 33 miles (53 kilometers) of barrier construction in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley, but work there has yet to begin.

North Carolina congressman Mark Meadows, a key Trump supporter, said: "He [Trump] campaigned on the wall".

"Nor will, I think, most of his supporters".

Mexico is paying (indirectly) for the Wall through the new USMCA, the replacement for NAFTA!

Hard-right conservative pundits and lawmakers have urged Trump to push for border wall funding now, even if it leads to a shutdown, arguing that it would be impossible to get once Democrats take control of the House on January 3.

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The turn of events kick-started negotiations that had been nearly nonexistent since last week's televised meeting at the White House, when Trump neither accepted nor rejected the Democrats' offer.

The temporary spending bill does include $1.3 billion for border security. That money can not be used for new wall construction.

The president had been thought to have little choice.

The White House had previously indicated that Trump was open to reviewing whatever Congress could send him.

The White House has not provided details of that effort but leading Democrats have warned that shifting funds around in such a way would have to be approved by Congress.

"Democrats earlier proposed keeping funding at $1.3 billion for border security fencing and other improvements, but not for the wall". And he said that Trump can't do so without lawmakers' signoff.

"Republicans are in a state of disarray", said House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi. "It was the center of his campaign.the American people's patience is running out", he added. President Trump reluctantly signed that bill, but he did so with a vow that he would never again put his signature on such a bad piece of legislation.

On "Fox & Friends", Trump's favorite and most-tweeted-about morning show, conservative blogger Michelle Malkin described his latest move as a "cave" and a "blink".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump "is continuing to weigh his options" on the path forward.

"The president is not softening his stance", Ms Conway said. But characterizing the 2013 legislation as a $25 billion deal to fund a "border wall" runs into factual hurdles.

Some of the president's allies accused him of "caving" on the wall now.

Brian Kolfage, the Iraq War veteran behind the fundraiser, said raising the money was achievable if everyone who voted for Mr Trump pledged $80.

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