How Trump's wall could shut down the USA government

Posted August 30, 2017

Trump is now waging a budget battle with Congress to obtain funding for building the wall, not an easy task due to the total rejection by the Democratic opposition and some Republican lawmakers representing states on the border. If so, let them pay for the wall; them and Trump, of course.

Now, while this remains a centrepiece of his populist speeches, he accepts United States funds will pay for construction, and Mexico will be forced to re-pay in some way later on.

A leading House conservative said Friday that he could support a short-term bill to fund the government after September 30 and delay the fight over wall funding until December. "We have an all out effort going, and going well!"

The US government says it's now looking at more building proposals, but not everyone agrees that a wall will be enough to bring the smuggling of drugs and people to an end.

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"What we'll do here is go through the mechanism of getting the initial money that we need for that capital project from Congress through an appropriations process and we'll responsibly construct a barrier on the border", Bossert said on ABC's "This Week".

Back in July, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders did discuss using a veterans bill as a vehicle to raise the debt ceiling.

The president said that "we are both in a little bit of a political bind" but that he knew the funding would work out "somehow" and "come out in the wash". Trump wrote, sharing a tweet from Clarke about his book, titled "Cop Under Fire: Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America". "He won on talking about building the wall, and he's going to make sure that that gets done, and he'll continue to fight for that funding and ensure that it takes place", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Mexico's foreign minister, Luis Videgaray, said Wednesday that NAFTA talks are continuing and if Trump really wanted to break up the pact, he would have done so already.

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'We are in the NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico & Canada.Both being very hard, may have to terminate?' Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

Trump said at a rally last week in Phoenix that he would "end up probably terminating" NAFTA "at some point".

The next round of negotiations is scheduled for Friday-Sept.

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