The president threatened on Tuesday to shut down the federal government if Congress does not give him a spending bill for the next fiscal year that includes within it funding for a wall on America’s southern border.
“The obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it, but believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” Trump said at a rally in Phoenix.
President Trump doubled down on the message that he was elected to strengthen national security and keep illegal immigrants out of the country. He said again that many of these illegal immigrants are dangerous. The president noted that he has met with several families who have lost those dear to them because of violence by people in the country illegally.
“I promised these families the deaths of their loved ones will not have been in vain,” he said.
Trump has consistently maintained, since running for president, that the border wall was going to happen. He has definitively warned Democrats that they would be harming national security if they oppose him.
“We are building a wall on the southern border, which is absolutely necessary,” he said. “Let me be very clear to Democrats in Congress who oppose a border wall and stand in the way of border security,” he added. “You are putting all of Americans’ safety at risk.”
The House has already passed legislation that would provide $1.6 billion in funds to begin working on the wall Trump has promised. But it is not clear whether the funding will survive the House-Senate negotiations. Trump’s threat on Tuesday night was probably given to ensure Republicans will push for its inclusion. The decision will undoubtedly cost votes for the politicians.
In the clip below, Trump states he will shut it down.
Credit: Washington Examiner