President Trump, “I don’t care what the political ramifications are.”
Tuesday, President Donald Trump again vowed to shut down the federal government in September if the Democrats do not give him the $25-B for his border wall, declaring “I don’t care what the political ramifications are.”
“Our immigration laws and border security have been a complete and total disaster for decades — and there is no way that the Democrats will allow it to be fixed without a government shutdown,” the President said in a pair of Tweets
“A government shutdown is a very small price to pay for a safe and Prosperous America,” President Trump said.
Sunday, the president said that Democrats needed to back his immigration reform package, which included the Wall on the US border with Mexico.
President Trump caught elite Republican leaders off-guard; House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Monday that they opposed a shutdown.
President Trump also promised to shut down the government over the wall issue at a Monday news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
“If we do not get border security, after many, many years of talk within the United States, I would have no problem doing a shutdown,” President Trump said at the joint news conference. “It’s time we had proper border security.
“We’re the laughing stock of the world,” the President said. “We have the worst immigration laws anywhere in the world.”
President Trump said the $25-B figure for the barrier is not a “Red Line” and that he “always leaves room for negotiation” with Democrats.
“I have no Red Line,” the President said in response to a reporter’s question. “I just want great border security.”