Trump Continues Tough Rhetoric Over Border Wall Vote: 'No Problem' Shutting Down the Government


President Donald Trump said Monday that he has “no problem” shutting down the government for the sake of obtaining congressional funding for better border security, including a border wall.

Trump was asked during a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the White House if he would be willing to shut down the government in September if Congress does not fund $25 billion for U.S.- Mexican border wall, as well as pass legislation ending the visa lottery program and the “catch-and-release” policy for those crossing the border illegally.

“I’ll always leave room for negotiation,” Trump said.

“If we don’t get border security after many, many years of talk within the United States, I would have no problem doing a shutdown,” he added.

“It’s time we had proper border security. We’re the laughing stock of the world. We have the worst immigration laws anywhere in the world,” Trump said.

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A reporter followed up by questioning if the $25 billion level of funding is a “red line.”

Would you support Trump shutting down the government to get funding for the Wall?
“I have no red line, unlike President Obama,” Trump responded. “I just want great border security.”

The Hill reported that the House Appropriations Committee approved $5 billion for the wall in its Homeland Security bill last week, while the Senate’s version includes $1.6 billion to reinforce existing barriers.

There are currently approximately 650 miles of fencing in various forms along approximately 2,000 mile U.S.-Mexico border.

Around 350 miles is pedestrian fencing, usually about 15 feet tall, and 300 miles consists of vehicle barriers.

Trump said via Twitter on Sunday that he would be willing to shut down the government if Democrats do not fund border security measures, including a wall.

The Washington Examiner reported that Trump was not pleased in March when the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill only included $1.6 billion for “physical barriers and technology.”

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Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to pass legislation to fund the federal government.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 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.
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