During Tuesday night’s 76 minute rally in Phoenix, President Trump threatened to shut down the government if his proposed border wall doesn’t receive congressional funding.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 23, 2017
“If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” he said.
The next day, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn’t back down from this claim.
“Look, I think the President is committed to making sure it happens, and he’s also committed to working with Congress to make sure that we move forward,” said Sanders, adding “And as I think Speaker Ryan said, it’s not necessary, so maybe that means he’s on board with making sure it happens.”
Paul stalls on the wall
Paul Ryan said earlier in the day that he doesn’t think a government shutdown will be necessary, does doesn’t think “most people want to see a government shutdown, ourselves included.” Ryan noted that the House had already passed funding for the wall, but that the narrowly divided Senate would need more time to act.
“The fact is though, given the time of year it is and the rest of the appropriations we have to do, we are going to need more time to complete appropriations process particularly in the Senate,” said Ryan, who added that a short-term government funding bill would probably be necessary to keep the government functioning past September.
Democrat leadership shit bricks, as Nancy Pelosi said “President Trump’s multi-billion dollar border wall boondoggle is strongly opposed by Democrats and many Republicans, adding “Democrats will stand fast against the immoral, ineffective border wall and the rest of Republicans’ unacceptable poison pill riders.”
Meanwhile Chuck Schumer “If the President pursues this path, against the wishes of both Republicans and Democrats, as well as the majority of the American people, he will be heading towards a government shutdown which nobody will like and which won’t accomplish anything.”
The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman hinted in a tweet early Wednesday that “Trump is setting up a major clash with his border wall/govt shutdown threat, where WH aides say privately they’re drawing line for base.”
Trump is setting up a major clash with his border wall/govt shutdown threat, where WH aides say privately they're drawing line for base
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 23, 2017
What exactly will this showdown look like? Moreover, Trump never said the shutdown was contingent upon the wall being built – rather, the he would pull the trigger on the wall if the government shuts down. Big difference.If you enjoy the content at iBankCoin, please follow us on Twitter