Published: Fri, December 21, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump will not sign spending bill without wall funding, after conservatives fought

Trump will not sign spending bill without wall funding, after conservatives fought

Trump had backed off his shutdown threat earlier this week, but it roared back to life as he accused Democrats of "putting politics over country" by not supporting his call for a wall, which he insists will curb illegal immigration.

The president also put Democrats on notice Thursday about their agenda for the new year, saying he "will not sign any of their legislation, including infrastructure, unless it has ideal Border Security".

Should a short-term resolution be reached, the border funding fight would be punted to the new year and the next Congress, which could prove even more hard for Trump with a Democratic-led House.

The White House has indicated that Trump was open to reviewing whatever Congress could send him, but the president did not immediately weigh in on the short-term spending plan.

Now, with a partial government shutdown looming if a deal to fund seven government agencies can't be concluded by December 21, President Trump has a ideal opportunity to follow through on his pledge while finally getting the border wall funding he has sought since the beginning of his presidency.

"Conway argues Trump is not softening on his promise to secure the U.S. -Mexico border". Elrod went on to say that Ryan "does not have much leverage" in the late 2018 lame duck session and that "you're also dealing with a defeated Republican caucus in the House".

"Why not allow a vote on a bipartisan Senate bill and let democracy work in the House?"

The measure doesn't include the money Trump has demanded for his long-promised "big, beautiful" border wall with Mexico.

As House Republicans tried to head off conservative members' rebellion against the spending bill earlier Thursday, both House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer flatly said Democrats would not approve money for the barrier.

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

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"The president's spokesperson has claimed that the administration can reprogram funds given to other areas of the government to build the full wall".

On "Fox and Friends" on Thursday, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said: "If we're not going to fight now, when are we going to fight?" He said supporters of the president "believe it's a promise that he's been telling them that he will keep".

Pelosi and her caucus supported the short-term spending bill that Trump said he would not sign.

The Senate's top Republican and Democratic leaders began negotiating new proposals, and talks were expected to continue.

Congress faces a midnight Friday deadline for funnelling money to finance federal law enforcement activities, airport security screenings, space exploration and farm programs, to name a few. Just last week Trump said he would be "proud" to shut down the government over his demand for $5 billion for the wall.

However, it's unclear if the new stop-gap spending bill will be able to actually pass through the House and Senate.

The White House showed its willingness to budge as it became apparent the president does not have support in Congress for funding the wall at the $5 billion level.

In a last-ditch attempt to resolve the impasse this year, McConnell on Tuesday proposed giving Trump a $1 billion fund that he could use at his discretion for border security.

Should the legislation become law, the border money fight would drag into the next Congress, which could prove even more hard for Trump.

Mr Trump's key conservative supporters in the media were also up in arms. You told us that you weren't afraid to shut down the government, that's why we like you.

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