Donald Trump Refuses to Draw Red Lines After Threatening Government Shutdown

April FrancisAug 01, 2018

But on Sunday, Trump reversed course in a surprise tweet: "I would be willing to "shut down" government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall!"

Asked if he required the full $25 billion the White House has requested to build a wall along the USA border with Mexico, as well as his other immigration priorities, in order to avert a shutdown, Trump replied, "I always leave room for negotiation". "I have no red line, unlike President Obama".

The president first threatened a shutdown on Sunday, saying that Democrats needed to back his immigration reform package, which included the wall on the USA border with Mexico.

Trump has made no secret of his belief that his hard-line immigration policies boosted him to the Oval Office, and he launched an aggressive push for additional border security measures early this year.

He said that needed border security reforms included the wall, the visa lottery, catch-and-release policies, and immigration laws.

With President Donald Trump already under fire for taking thousands of migrant children from their detained parents - and botching the reunification of many - the request for the investigation elevated yet another issue to the administration's list of immigration headaches.

Trump's shutdown threat on Sunday was part of a flurry of tweets in which he attacked favourite targets like the "Robert Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt" ("an illegal Scam!") and the news media ("driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome").

Trump relished in the kinship with his Italian counterpart over immigration issues in his opening remarks during the joint news conference, noting that the Italian Prime Minister was recently swept into power amid mounting frustrations with the migration crisis there. Conte shares Trump's populist tendencies as well as his skepticism about immigration.

Ryan said on Capitol Hill after the meeting: "The president's willing to be patient to make sure that we get what we need so that we can get that done". We can have border security without bullying.

McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan met with Trump at the White House on Wednesday to work on a plan to avoid a shutdown ahead of the November midterm elections. "We have the worst immigration laws anywhere in the world".

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"I'll always leave room for negotiation", he said.

"I don't think we're going to shut down the government", Stivers said on the ABC News programme This Week.

The potential shutdown is creating anxieties among Republicans who are hoping to maintain control of Congress in the fall midterm elections.

McConnell, asked about a shutdown during a Kentucky radio interview, said it was not going to happen.

"I just wish Trump would realize, that of all secret weapons of our secret weapons of Donald Trump, if he'd build the wall, the media will go insane, it will distract over everything, and his poll numbers will go through the roof", she said.

Trump is noting that Italian voters got "tired" of their country's immigration policies.

Government funding expires midnight September 30. Trump threatened at the time to veto the spending agreement, but eventually signed the bill while expressing his displeasure with Congress.

"During the deliberative process over the previous year, we raised a number of concerns about any policy that would result in family separation due to concerns we had about the best interest of the child", White said.

"It would allow parents and children to stay in a safe facility while they wait their court proceedings and then move them to the front of the line to present their case before an immigration judge", said Texas Republican John Cornyn of the proposed bill from his colleagues.

"These allegations of abuse are extremely disturbing and must be addressed", Grassley and Feinstein wrote in a letter to the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services. The higher amount matches what Trump has privately sought in conversations with Republican lawmakers, according to a GOP congressional aide who wasn't authorized to publicly talk about private discussions and spoke on condition of anonymity. "It's time we had proper border security", he said.

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