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Trump threatens gov't shutdown over border wall

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By Susan Cornwell and Roberta Rampton

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would be willing to shut down the U.S. government if Congress does not provide enough funding for border security, reversing a stance he took a day earlier.

Trump made his comments at a meeting with congressional Republican leaders at the White House about the legislative agenda for the next few months, including extending government funding past a Sept. 30 deadline.

He said Congress was making "tremendous progress" on funding, but that he wanted to make good on a promise to fund border security. Trump has repeatedly threatened not to sign funding legislation if Congress fails to include enough money for a wall on the border with Mexico.

Trump reiterated that threat on Wednesday. Responding to a reporter's question about a possible shutdown, he said: "If it happens, it happens. If it's about border security, I'm willing to do anything. We have to protect our borders."

His stance contradicts an interview he gave to the Daily Caller on Tuesday, when he said: "I don't like the idea of shutdowns."

"I don’t see even myself or anybody else closing down the country right now," Trump was quoted as saying.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, in an interview with Fox News, called the meeting with Trump a "good discussion" and said he expected the president to sign funding bills before the end of fiscal year, averting a shutdown.

McConnell said there was "no chance" of a government shutdown.

"We are still in favor of the wall. We still want to get funding for the wall. But we think the best time to have that discussion is after the election," he said.

Republican lawmakers had welcomed Trump's move away from a possible government shutdown, saying party leaders wanted "no drama" ahead of the Nov 6 election to decide whether fellow conservatives keep hold of Congress.

House Republicans, who were leaving a closed-door party meeting held on Capitol Hill before Trump made his remarks, said the message from leadership was aimed at avoiding any crises before the midterm contest, an approach echoed by several Republican senators.

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, a Republican representative with close ties to the administration, said he did not expect the federal government to shut, and that any decision on the controversial issue of funding border security would likely be delayed.

"We were told no drama," Representative Thomas Massie, a Kentucky conservative, said after the closed-door meeting.

The planned border wall, the Trump administration's ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries and other immigration issues loom large as Americans prepare to head to the polls in November.

Trump campaigned heavily on a promise to build a wall that would be paid for by Mexico, which it has refused to do. He has subsequently turned to Congress to seek $25 billion for the project, along with other immigration demands.

Still, lawmakers have not reached a consensus on any immigration steps.

While a few conservatives like Republican Representative Jim Jordan insist the border issue should be dealt with now, others seem resigned to waiting at least until the new Congress takes office in January following the election.

Trump and U.S. lawmakers averted a government shutdown in March after passing a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund the government through Sept. 30.

A shutdown could backfire on Trump if voters blame Republicans for any federal government service disruptions.

"It doesn’t benefit anybody, certainly not Republicans," Republican Senator Jeff Flake said.

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I think USA is unsafe on your existence than any border wall around, Mr. Trump.

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party leaders wanted "no drama" ahead of the Nov 6 election

Oops...

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But we think the best time to have that discussion is after the election," McConnell said.

Because GOP policies are so toxic they will cost them seats. A popular party tries to legislate as much as possible before an election; an unpopular one tries to hide their policies until after.

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Good Donald shut it down....

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No borders, no Country. Do it President Trump.

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Do it! That will bode well for the election.

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Seems to me the Dear Leader is desperately trying to have himself 'FIRED' from the job rather than resign/retire gracefully, or suffer the "death by a thousand cuts" Mueller has planned for him, because then he can play the victim, whinging and whining about how misunderstood and badly treated he was, for the rest of his miserable life.

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So, was Trump lying about making Mexico pay for the wall?

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So, was Trump lying about making Mexico pay for the wall?

Were his lips moving?

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So, was Trump lying about making Mexico pay for the wall?

You beat me to it.

But don't confuse lying with day dreaming and childish fantasies. Trump can't tell the difference, but we have to indulge him as we would with any toddler.

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reverse his stance...

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Trump shutting down the government is the best present he could possibly give to the democrats this year. Go for it. Hell, how much do we have to all chip in to get a reporter in the WH pool to ask, "What do you have to say to all the people who say you're a weak coward if you won't shut down the government to get your wall funding before elections?"

Even if no one is actually saying it, there is no way he knows how to back down from that kind of challenge.

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No borders, no Country. Do it President Trump.

This time, I sure hope he does.

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You conservatives do understand that if Congress funds Trump's albatross of a wall it means he is breaking a campaign promise, don't you? Or, are you going to engage in your familiar pattern of intellectual dishonesty to justify getting an unnecessary money pit?

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Katsu - Spot on.

The US has borders. Claiming that no borders means no country and that the US has no borders is employing blatantly faulty logic.

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if Congress funds Trump's albatross of a wall it means he is breaking a campaign promise, don't you?

How so?

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America needs a wall. It’d be terrible if any Americans got out.

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You don’t have to lower the decorum!

Considering how often your responses to things literally (and I mean literally, not the exagerration) don't match the thing you are responding to, I've honestly wondered if you have literacy issues. I really cannot figure out if you do it on purpose to detract from the silly things you've said, or if you really don't realize that your responses are gibberish.

You may be entirely illiterate, but there is definitely room for question there.

And this is no dig, just a non-biased outside description of what you write here.

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Enough volunteers here with bricklaying skills!

Amusing as always those Trumpists :)

Tonight on late night TV in my home country: Stormy Daniels..

Stormy does Europe !

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He said Mexico will pay for the wall.

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Trump shutting down the government is the best present he could possibly give to the democrats this year

Sadly for you, it won't match the gift the left gave by letting that repeat illeagal border crosser get off for murder.

I'm still hopeful my country will be able to defend its borders like every other country on earth.

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Shut it down long enough to pay off the debt the last two presidents racked up.

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Why are Republicans always shutting down the government or threatening to? Don't they have any real negotiating skills?

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I'm still hopeful my country will be able to defend its borders like every other country on earth.

The small boys are doing it in their pants :)

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