Published: Sat, December 22, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump vows 'very long' shutdown in border wall standoff

Trump vows 'very long' shutdown in border wall standoff

Democratic US Senator Chris Coons on Friday said he hoped Trump would change course and support the Senate-passed bill, which includes funds for border security but not specifically for the wall.

"The president informed us that he will not sign the bill that came over from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concerns for border security", outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan said after he and other Republicans met with Trump to try to come to a deal before the holidays.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump was "not going to back down on this fight" and would stay in Washington rather than go to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida for the holidays as planned.

Before 1975, it was even tougher for presidents to get their nominations through because two-thirds of the senators present and voting had to agree to move forward. "We have time right now to get it done".

However, the bill was still highly unlikely to pass in the face of strong Democrat opposition. But he dug in on Thursday, telling House Republican leaders he would not sign the Senate bill that did not have the money.

Trump also encouraged McConnell, R-Ky., to change Senate rules in order to pass the spending bill, by lowering the threshold for ending debate on legislation from 60 votes to 51, as it now stands for judicial appointments in the Senate, where Republicans hold a slim majority.

And Trump himself lashed out at Republican leaders on Twitter after speaking by telephone with Ryan.

The Senate now has 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats.

Meadows was among the Republicans who met with Trump at the White House Thursday.

The House ultimately passed a stopgap bill with $5 billion for the border wall on Thursday. Embracing his changed terminology, he claimed there is tremendous enthusiasm for border security - "the barrier, wall or steel slats - it's all the same". "Not for political purposes but for our country, for the safety of our community".

At issue is funding for nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice, as well as national parks and forests.

As the threat of a shutdown looms, President Donald Trump is standing by his border security demand after some public pressure over the spending bill. "And now, President Trump is throwing a temper tantrum and creating the Trump shutdown of the government".

The US Postal Service, which is delivering millions of packages before Christmas, will also be unaffected as it is an independent agency.

The border wall is Trump's best-known campaign promise.

Trump then praised Sen.

Donald Trump and others have hinted that Republicans may want to force the bill through via a "nuclear option".

At the White House, senators engaged in a lengthy back-and-forth with the president, but it did not appear to set a strategy for moving forward.

Trump insisted Friday that Democrats will "own" the result, despite saying 10 days earlier that he wouldn't blame them for the government closure that he'd be "proud" to oversee.

Pelosi, however, argued during a press conference on Thursday that the situation was descending into a "meltdown" among Republicans.

Democratic leaders say they won't budge in their opposition to the border wall.

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