Published: Sun, December 30, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump again threatens to close southern United States border over wall funding

Trump again threatens to close southern United States border over wall funding

Amid the partial federal government shutdown, President Donald Trump tweeted an ultimatum Friday morning directed at Congress: Fund his promised border wall or the United States-Mexico border will "close".

Trump is now demanding $5 billion in funding for his proposed wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, but Democrats are only willing to give up to $1.6 billion for border security.

Several senior Democratic congressional aides contacted Thursday evening were taken aback by the White House's contention that it put new talks on the table before the House and Senate announced plans to essentially punt any resolution to the partial shutdown into next year. It also is beginning to pinch citizens who count on public services. Gates are closed at some national parks, the government won't issue new federal flood insurance policies and in NY, the chief judge of Manhattan federal courts suspended work on civil cases involving USA government lawyers, including several civil lawsuits in which Trump himself is a defendant.

The shutdown is forcing hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contractors to stay home or work without pay, and many are experiencing mounting stress from the impasse. "She can not be seen by her party as being weak on negotiating with Donald Trump".

"If you close the border you are going to reinvite huge swings in the stock market, you are going to jeopardize the economic progress we've made, and you're frankly going to do a lot of damage to your own prospects for 2020 by inviting a recession", he said. Senate Republicans approved that compromise in an earlier bill with Democrats but now say they won't be voting on any more unless something is agreed to by all sides, including Trump. The president left the White House on Christmas to travel to Iraq and meet with American troops stationed overseas.

Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer, soon-to-be House Majority Leader, slammed the White House approach.

Democrats and some Republicans view the wall as a costly, unneeded and ineffective project, but some Republicans support the idea and back Trump's demand for $5bn in partial funding.

President Donald Trump greets members of the five branches of the military by video conference on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in the Oval Office of the White House. "They told us last night that they were not countering our last offer", he explained.

But Pelosi has denied claims they haven't provided a counteroffer.

In a burst of early morning tweets on Friday, Trump said the alternative to funding his controversial wall project would be a total separation from Mexico - including making USA vehicle companies pull out their factories based on the other side of the frontier. The Senate bill contains $1.3 billion for border security excluding any concrete wall.

Trump also said the US would cut off all aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador for "taking advantage of (the) USA for years!"

"Hard to believe there was a Congress & president who would approve!" he added. "We must be diligent in protecting trade relations with our neighbors", Gonzalez said in the statement.

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