On July 30, the US President Donald Trump repeated his threat to shut down the federal government, in case the Congress fails to serve the Republican demand to restraint immigration by imposing security on the border with Mexico, and to erect his long-promised border wall. However, Trump’s remarks left a wide scope of negotiation with lawmakers.
During a 40-minute news conference with Giuseppe Conte, the visiting Italian prime minister, Trump said, “As far as the border is concerned, and personally, if we don’t get border security after many, many years of talk within the United States, I would have no problem doing a shutdown. We’re the laughingstock of the world.”
In a timespan of two days, Trump repeated his vow for the second time. On the other hand, Congress is working towards a deadline of a month before the midterm election, viz., September 30, to fund the risk shuttering agencies or the federal government.
On Sunday, Trump wrote on his Twitter, “I would be willing to “shut down” government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall!
Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc., and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!”
This declaration on Twitter has startled certain lawmakers, especially those who were keen on avoiding a politically charged funding conflict.
The US President has previously made similar threats. In one of his tweets last year, he wrote, “our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix this mess.”
In response to a question about whether his request for his proposed border wall of $25 billion is a “red line”, Trump stated that he would “always leave room open for negotiation.”
While referring to his precursor’s “red line” on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, he said, “I have no red line, unlike President Obama. I just want great border security.”