Trump threatens to shut border if no wall money

Trump threatens to shut border if no wall money

Trump threatens to shut border if no wall money

The comment comes after a barrage of tweets from U.S. President Donald Trump, where he threatened to shut down the southern border among continuing disputes with Democrats over the continuing partial government shutdown, the Associated Press reports.

Trump tweeted Friday that if "Obstructionist Democrats" don't give him the $5 billion he is asking for to build his proposed border wall he will "close the Southern Border entirely".

Congress adjourned for the week without a resolution in sight. The government shutdown, which has kept hundreds of thousands of federal employees out of work, is expected to extend into the new year.

U.S. President Donald Trump dons a hard hat presented by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) before addressing their convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 2, 2018.

Incoming acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Trump had canceled his plans to travel to Florida to celebrate New Year's at his private Mar-a-Lago club.

The tweet comes as Trump is working to secure funding for the border wall that he promised supporters during his campaign and has repeatedly promised throughout his presidency.

Schumer's spokesman, Angelo Roefaro, said in a statement Thursday night that the New York Democrat had explained to Vice President Pence in private that the White House's offer wouldn't pass the Senate.

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The Senate held a pro-forma session Thursday. "She can not be seen by her party as being weak on negotiating with Donald Trump". "They're not even talking right now".

Mulvaney said that while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer seemed interested in making a deal, "it's Nancy Pelosi preventing that from happening".

Trump vowed Tuesday he would not re-open the government until he gets the $5 billion needed to fund his border wall. Experts have warned that cutting off aid money to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras could actually exacerbate the problem by worsening the poverty and violence that push many migrants to leave those countries.

Trump said he would then take US-Mexican relations back to the days before the NAFTA agreement opened free trade across Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Despite this, Trump has consistently painted the asylum seekers and economic migrants in outlandish terms, raising the specter of rapists, gang members and people with infectious diseases roaming freely across the border.

"If you close the border you are going to reinvite huge swings in the stock market, you are going to jeopardize the economic progress we've made, and you're frankly going to do a lot of damage to your own prospects for 2020 by inviting a recession", he said.

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