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Trump threatens to shut down government as he pushes wall spending

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  • Fri, 09/28/2018 - 17:05
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  • EFE

US President Donald Trump threatened in Congress to shut down parts of the federal government for lack of funds, as he pushes for money to build US-Mexico border wall despite the Republican plan to postpone that topic until the end of the year.

"I want to know, where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill, and where it will come from after the Midterms?" Dems are obstructing Law Enforcement and Border Security. REPUBLICANS MUST FINALLY GET TOUGH!," Wrote Trump on Twitter.S

Trump criticized the spending bill promoted by Republicans to keep federal agencies open beyond September 30, when the funds for these operations are exhausted.

That tweet increases the chances of a legislative dispute over the budget next week, at a time when Republicans are already grappling with the crisis generated by accusations of sexual abuse against Trump's nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court.

The Republican leaders in Congress, eager to avoid complicated issues before the November midterm elections, have promised Trump that after the elections they will endeavor to raise funds for the wall, with the idea of including them in a new spending bill that should be approved before December 7.

But the president, who already gave in on the issue of the wall during the negotiations of the last two funding packages, seems to have been impatient on the matter and has not ruled out that he could force a shut down of the government.

Trump's unpredictability has led Republican leaders to devise a plan to prevent the president from rejecting his spending bills by linking national security funds - which do not include money for the wall - to a package that contains more funding for the Pentagon.

According to the Politico newspaper, the Republicans believe that Trump would not dare to veto a bill that could empower the Armed Forces, one of his top priorities.

 

Source: EFE

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