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Trump ‘totally willing’ to cause govt shutdown if no border wall funding

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President
Donald Trump, here in November 2017, is calling for $5 billion in
congressional funding for his promised border wall along the
US-Mexico border.

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Peter-Pool/Getty Images


  • President Donald Trump is still seeking $5 billion for
    his border wall between the US and Mexico.
  • Congress has to pass a spending bill to keep some
    government agencies funded by December 7.
  • Democrats have so far said they would approve $1.6
    billion, but not the rest.
  • Trump told Politico he would “totally be willing” to
    trigger a government shutdown if he doesn’t get the other $3.4
    billion.
  • He also said he isn’t doing it “just for political
    gain,” but the border wall is a “total winner.”

President Donald Trump renewed his threat to shut down the
government shutdown if Congress does not approve funding for his
border wall.

Trump has asked for $5 billion for a wall between the US and
Mexico, which Congress has yet to grant. Democratic leaders have
said that they would approve $1.6 billion for the wall.

He
told Politico on Tuesday
that he would “totally be willing”
to trigger a government shutdown if he doesn’t get the full
amount.


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Congress is not approving
$5 billion for Trump’s border wall.

Getty/Brendon Hoffman

Lawmakers have to pass a spending bill, estimated at $312
billion, to keep government agencies funded by December 7.
Affected agencies include the Department of Homeland Security,
which polices the border.

Trump has threatened to shut down the government over the border
wall in the past. He said
earlier this month
that “this would be a very good time to do
a shutdown” over border security.


Trump border wall prototypes
Trump
tours US-Mexico border wall prototypes with border patrol agents.
He called the wall a “total winner.”


Kevin
Lamarque/Reuters



The president told Politico that the $5 billion would only pay
for the physical wall, adding that “the number is larger for
border security.”

He added that the border wall, which he promised to build during
his presidential campaign, was a “total winner.” 

“I don’t do anything … just for political gain,” he said. “But
I will tell you, politically speaking, that issue is a total
winner.”


Mexico border migrant tear gas
Migrants
and US border patrol agents scuffled on Sunday, in which US
agents fired tear gas at migrants and four agents were hit by
rocks. Here Maria Lila Meza Castro, a 39-year-old migrant woman
from Honduras, runs away from tear gas with her five-year-old
twin daughters.

REUTERS/Kim
Kyung-Hoon/File photo


He added: “People look at the border, they look at the rush to
the police, they look at the rock throwers and really hurting
three people, three very brave Border Patrol folks — I think that
it’s a tremendous issue, but much more importantly, is really
needed. So we have to have border security.”

He was referring to a confrontation on Sunday between US border
authorities and migrants at the border crossing between Tijuana
and San Diego, California, when some rushed toward the US.

US authorities fired tear gas toward migrants, and four
border patrol agents were hit by rocks
, but did not suffer
serious injuries. Trump’s reference to the rock throwers’ “really
hurting three people” is not clear.


Read more:

Border Patrol also used tear gas and pepper spray at US-Mexico
border during Obama administration

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