Trump keeps shutdown threat alive, demands border wall funding this year

July 31, 2018

President Trump on Tuesday reinforced his threat to shut down the government this fall over border wall funding, saying the issue is bigger than politics.

“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,” Mr. Trump said in a tweet.

He continued, “Border Security is National Security, and National Security is the long-term viability of our Country. A Government Shutdown is a very small price to pay for a safe and Prosperous America!”

It was the president’s third shutdown threat in as many days.

The threats buck an agreement on spending bills Mr. Trump struck last week with GOP leaders and put immigration front and center in the midterm campaigns.

The immigration issue helps some Republican candidates, especially in Senate races in states where Mr. Trump is popular. But the issue can damage Republicans in swing districts that likely will decide whether Democrats can take control of the House.

A shutdown when government spending expires Sept. 30 also could benefit Democrats who would blame it on Republicans.

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