Trump de­mands border wall cash

Shut­down show­down nears


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said Fri­day Congress should pro­vide all the money he wants for his promised U.s.-mex­ico border wall, and he called il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion a “threat to the well-be­ing of ev­ery Amer­i­can com­mu­nity.”

Trump spoke hours af­ter sign­ing a short-term spend­ing bill that cov­ers key gov­ern­ment de­part­ments for two more weeks, un­til Dec. 21, set­ting up a pre-christ­mas show­down over the wall.

The pres­i­dent wants the next spend­ing pack­age to in­clude at least $5 bil­lion US for the pro­posed wall.

House Demo­cratic leader Nancy Pelosi of Cal­i­for­nia re­jected that a day ear­lier.

At an ap­pear­ance in Kansas City, Mo., Trump ac­cused Democrats of play­ing a po­lit­i­cal game, and said it was one that he ul­ti­mately would win.

“Congress must fully fund border se­cu­rity in the yearend fund­ing bill,” Trump said as he helped close the 2018 Pro­ject Safe Neigh­bor­hoods law en­force­ment con­fer­ence, which was spon­sored by the Jus­tice Depart­ment. “We have to get this done.”

“They’re play­ing games,” he said of Democrats. “They’re play­ing po­lit­i­cal games. I ac­tu­ally think the pol­i­tics of what they’re do­ing is very bad for them. We’re go­ing to very soon find out. Maybe I’m not right. But usu­ally I’m right.”

He also said money for a pro­gram that en­cour­ages fed­eral, state and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to col­lab­o­rate on crime-fight­ing strate­gies was in­creased by $50 mil­lion this year.

The pres­i­dent said he’ll ask Congress for more money next year, but didn’t say how much.

Trump said his ad­min­is­tra­tion is giv­ing law en­force­ment of­fi­cials the re­sources they need to do their jobs.

He said there are more than 200 new violent crime pros­e­cu­tors na­tion­wide and cities have ac­cess to $600 mil­lion worth of sur­plus mil­i­tary equip­ment.

In­tro­duc­ing Trump was act­ing At­tor­ney Gen­eral Matthew Whi­taker.

Trump an­nounced be­fore leav­ing Wash­ing­ton that he planned to nom­i­nate Wil­liam Barr, who was at­tor­ney gen­eral un­der Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, to again lead the Jus­tice Depart­ment.


Don­ald Trump ad­dresses the Pro­ject Safe Neigh­bor­hoods Na­tional Con­fer­ence in Kansas City yesterday.

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