President Donald Trump blasted Democrats opposing his border security policies Monday as company men and women who won’t write him a giant check for his border wall out of loyalty to the Democratic Party.
Trump needled the other side as the calendar moved one day closer to a fissure that would see parts of the government closed down and an expected 380,000 federal workers furloughed over the Christmas holiday.
He said in a tweet: ‘Anytime you hear a Democrat saying that you can have good Boarder Security without a Wall, write them off as just another politician following the party line. Time for us to save billions of dollars a year and have, at the same time, far greater safety and control!’
The president apparently meant to write ‘border security,’ although he did not immediately correct the spelling error, as he sometimes does by deleting and then sending out revised versions of his messages.
President Donald Trump blasted Democrats opposing his border security policies Monday as company men and women who won’t write him a giant check for his border wall out of loyalty to the Democratic Party
The president apparently meant to write ‘border security,’ although he did not immediately correct the spelling error, as he sometimes does by deleting and then sending out revised versions of his messages
The president’s Monday morning push for his wall followed a warning by his top policy adviser that Trump could follow through on his threat to let the government close at the end of the day on Dec. 21 if Democrats continue to reject his demands for a $5 billion appropriation for border barriers of his own design.
Sen. Democratic leader Chuck Schumer meanwhile pledged on Sunday that Trump would not get the money under any circumstances and he should take one of two deals in front of him that would allow the federal government to continue operating through the rest of the fiscal year that provide money for fencing.
Democrats and the president were firmly planted in opposing camps on Monday on the issue of border wall spending with fewer than five full days to come up with a plan.
A partial government shutdown will kick in at the end of the week unless Congress passes legislation that Trump agrees to sign or with enough votes to override a potential veto.
Most areas of the federal government have already been funded through other appropriations bills. Roughly 25 percent of agencies are operating off of a Continuing Resolution that will technically expire early Saturday morning.
Roughly 420,000 federal workers, including most law enforcement, would be deemed essential in the course of a shutdown and required to remain on the job. They would receive back pay in the event of a partial government closure,
All other workers would be considered non-essential and sent home on an unpaid leave of absence. Congress typically gives them back pay for days missed, costing the government time and money for work that wasn’t actually done.
It can take weeks for the money to arrive, especially if the shutdown lasts until Democrats take control of the House the first few days in January, putting a financial squeeze on families over the Christmas holiday.
The Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, State, Interior, Agriculture, Treasury, Commerce and Justice would be affected.
Despite a funding lapse for DOJ, a shutdown wouldn’t stop the special counsel probe, however, because of the way that Robert Mueller’s probe is funded.
Congress is out of session until Wednesday and will have merely three working days to figure out how to get out of the hole when they come back to Washington.
A plan to defer the conversation until next year was making the rounds it but it was unclear on Monday morning whether it could pick up any traction.
White House senior adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday said ‘if it comes to it’ the administration would ‘absolutely’ shut down the government to fund a border. His hair was the talk of Twitter, though, as users pointed out that it had apparently been sprayed on
President Trump took to Twitter to defend his actions on immigration policy and to advocate for tougher measures
Schumer accused Trump of throwing a ‘temper tantrum’ on Sunday and reminded the president that he promised to own a shut down if one occurs.
‘President Trump should understand. There are not the votes for the wall. In the House or the Senate, he is not going to get the wall in any form. Even the House which is a majority Republican, they don’t have the votes for his $5 billion wall plan,’ the Democratic leader said.
The Democrat from New York claimed that House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is on his final days in office, is ‘afraid of what’s going to happen’ and so he ‘sent all the House home until Wednesday night, a day and a half, two days before the shutdown.’
‘He shouldn’t use innocent workers as hostage for his temper tantrum to sort of throw a bone to his base,’ Schumer charged on ‘Meet the Press’ on NBC News.
White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday said ‘if it comes to it’ the administration would ‘absolutely’ shut down the government to fund a border wall as President
We’re going to do whatever is necessary to build the border wall to stop this ongoing crisis of illegal immigration,’ Miller said on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation.’
Asked if that meant a shutdown when the government runs out of funding on Friday, he replied: ‘If it comes to it, absolutely.’
As Miller talked tough on TV, Trump did some messaging of his own on Twitter.
‘The Democrats policy of Child Seperation on the Border during the Obama Administration was far worse than the way we handle it now. Remember the 2014 picture of children in cages – the Obama years. However, if you don’t separate, FAR more people will come. Smugglers use the kids!’ he wrote.
Trump was heavily criticized for his policy of separating migrant kids from their parents.
During that time, photos went viral of kids behind bars, but they were later revealed to be from 2014, when President Barack Obama was in office.
The Obama administration did not enforce the separation policy the way the Trump administration has done.
Schumer was also appearing on television at the time, saying on NBC that Trump doesn’t have the votes for the wall in either chamber. He said that Republicans privately, as some have even said publicly, say they prefer a continuing resolution that mirrors the previous year’s language for the Department of Homeland Security and continues through September to a shutdown over Trump’s border wall.
‘They just have to have the guts to tell President Trump he’s off on the deep end here. And all he’s going to get, with his temper tantrum, is a shutdown. He will not get a wall,’ Schumer said.
Miller said a border wall was necessary for U.S. national security.
‘This is a very fundamental issue. At stake is the question of whether or not the United States remains a sovereign country. Whether or not we can establish and enforce rules for entrance into our country. The Democrat Party has a simple choice, they can either choose to fight for America’s working class or to promote illegal immigration. You can’t do both,’ he said.
Democrats are willing to cough up $1.3 billion and want additional protections for immigrants like the Dreamers, illegals who were brought to the country by their parents as children.
Aerial view of migrants who form part of the Central American migrant caravan, turning themselves over to a border patrol agent after crossing the US-Mexico border fence
One of the photos from 2014 that went viral during Trump’s separation of kids and families
A temporary detente could furlough federal workers over the Christmas holiday into early next year. But Trump will have lost much of his leverage by then, as Democrats take the majority in the House.
He suggested in a Thursday tweet he now sees the value of avoiding an expensive and potentially toxic government closure, even though Miller said Sunday that he has no problem presiding over a government shut down.
‘Let’s not do a shutdown, Democrats – do what’s right for the American people!’ Trump had tweeted.
This could be the president’s last chance to fully fund his wall. Democrats take control of the House of Representatives on Jan. 3 and they are not likely to give Trump the money he needs to make his wall a reality.
Trump, in an extraordinary Oval Office shouting match Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi last week said he would shut down the government if he didn’t get his funding – and take responsibility for it.
‘I will shut down the government. Absolutely,’ he said.
For twenty minutes, Pelosi and Schumer sparred with Trump on camera, emphasizing their long-stated position that he cannot have his border wall funding.
Furious, the president said that he would shut down the government if they don’t give it to him.
‘You want to put that on [me], I’ll take it,’ he rebutted as Schumer told him that the last government closure was his fault, too. ‘You know what I’ll say: Yes, if we don’t get what we want, one way or the other — whether it’s through you, through a military, through anything you want to call — I will shut down the government. Absolutely.’
Trump told Chuck Schumer he would take responsibility for a government shut down
Schumer was willing to let the argument rest there, but Trump dug in, saying repeatedly that he’d shut the government down and happily take the blame in comment that could could back to haunt his administration.
‘I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck, because the people of this country don’t want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country. So I will take the mantle,’ he asserted. ‘I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it. The last time you shut it down, it didn’t work. I will take the mantle of shutting down.’