Trump wavers after scathing criticism from allies over wall
- Author: Jon Douglas Dec 21, 2018,
Dec 21, 2018, 1:02
But Democrats - and some Republicans - are refusing to budge saying border security can be achieved without a wall.
He also lashed out at Democrats: "I will not sign any of their legislation, including infrastructure, unless it has flawless Border Security".
Senators on Wednesday expressed confidence that Trump would sign a short-term funding extension, but the president is feeling heavy pressure from his base and prominent conservatives.
President Donald Trump has told congressional Republicans he "will not sign" a spending bill passed by the Senate to avoid a partial government shutdown Friday, and he's citing an impasse over money for a border wall with Mexico.
Coulter said she would not vote for Mr Trump in 2020 without a border wall.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Democrats oppose Trump's border demands because the wall is "inefficient" and because Trump, as a candidate, promised that Mexico would pay for it, which Mexico has refused to do.
Trump has not yet said he will support the measure as it does not include any funding for the U.S.
All this comes a week after the President said he'd be "proud" to shut down the government, so delaying the funding fight until Democrats retake the House next year is a fairly clear concession - and a risky one. Lawmakers could not find a way to meet that demand - or part of it - ahead of a Friday night deadline, so they chose to put off the border wall fight until February. Ryan had promised a "big fight" after the midterm elections, but as Republicans lost House control, negotiations over the year-end spending bill have largely been between Trump and Democrats. Trump's requested $5 billion was nowhere to be seen.
Conservatives along with President Donald Trump continued to demand new money for a border wall in the legislation, complicating the House passage of a bill approved by the Senate the night before.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed the government shutdown threat in a briefing Tuesday.
"The president's spokesperson has claimed that the administration can reprogram funds given to other areas of the government to build the full wall".
"The wall won't be resolved no matter what we do because we aren't going to do the wall", House Minority Whip Steny B. Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters. "We want to shut down the border from illegal immigration".
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But House Democrats largely reject the Senate's bill because it includes 65 miles (105 kilometers) of additional fencing along the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. The House is also expected to move before Friday's deadline, when funding for a portion of the government expires.
Trump has demanded $5 billion to build a wall on the southern USA border with Mexico, his signature campaign promise.
With less than 35 hours until a partial government shutdown, the President's demands set into motion a scramble on Capitol Hill, where members of Congress are eager to leave Washington for the holidays. Many Republicans say it's up to Trump and Democrats to cut a deal. "I know a lot of people believe that the wall was actually gonna be built, and I was one of the people hoping and supporting to be built, but even without the wall, there is still the need for border security".
The President has been unusually quiet about the issue on Wednesday, holding his tongue as some conservative commentators and lawmakers blast him for abandoning his commitment.