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Breaking: Trump Won't Sign Government Funding Bill over Lack of Wall Funding

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President Donald Trump informed congressional Republicans on Thursday that he “will not sign” the short-term spending bill passed by the Senate, citing a lack of funding for a border wall with Mexico.

The Associated Press reported that outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters after meeting with Trump that he and other leaders are “working on adding border security” to the legislation.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, “We believe there’s still time.”

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In addition to Ryan and McCarthy, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Freedom Caucus member Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio were also attending the White House meeting with Trump, CNBC reported.

Both Meadows and Jordan have been publicly pushing the president to make a stand on border wall funding now rather than wait until after the Democrats take control of the House next month.

In a high-profile debate with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer last week, the president communicated his willingness to shut down the government if he did not receive $5 billion to fund a border wall and other security measures.

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Schumer countered with an offer to keep the Department of Homeland Security funding at fiscal year 2018 levels, which would provide $1.6 billion for border security.

The Democrat told reporters on Thursday a “Trump shutdown will not convince a single Democrat to support bilking the American taxpayer for an ineffective, unnecessary and exorbitantly expensive wall.”

Trump tweeted Thursday morning that Democrats were “putting politics over country,” adding, “What they are just beginning to realize is that I will not sign any of their legislation, including infrastructure, unless it has perfect Border Security.”

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During his Oval Office debate with Schumer and Pelosi last week, Trump noted illegal alien traffic dropped 92 percent in the San Diego sector; 95 percent in El Paso, Texas; and 92 percent and 95 percent in Tucson and Yuma, Arizona, respectively, after fencing and other barriers were added.

Pelosi questioned the accuracy of Trump’s numbers, but they are consistent with statistics given by the Border Patrol to NPR in 2006 following the initial erection of double and triple fencing in the San Diego area.

Border Patrol agent Jim Henry told the news outlet apprehensions in his sector dropped 95 percent, from 100,000 to 5,000 per year.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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