Friday, April 21, 2017

Washington Times: Trump raises stakes on government shutdown, demands border wall funds in spending bill


“The White House said Thursday that it wants to see money for President Trump’s border wall included in the spending bill Congress must pass next week — a demand Democrats said sours negotiations and makes a government shutdown more likely.

“The demands mark a reversal for the administration, which had been saying it found enough money to build prototypes this year and wouldn’t need a major infusion of cash until next year.

“But White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that the wall and the money for more immigration agents are priorities.”

Robert Reich concurs and writes, “Let me get this straight. Trump said Mexico would pay for the wall. But Mexico said it wouldn’t.

“So Trump asked congressional Republicans to vote the funds to pay for the wall. But even though Republicans are in the majority, many Republicans have refused.

“So now Trump is threatening Democrats that if they don’t vote to pay for his wall by midnight next Friday, he’ll let the government shut down.

“Even though it’s Trump's government now.

“Am I missing something here?”

(Associated Press/File)
Trump raises stakes on government shutdown, demands border wall funds in spending bill

By Stephen Dinan





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