Trump: It’s a ‘good time’ for a shut­down

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Nation & World - BY DAVID J. LYNCH Washington Post

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump sug­gested Satur­day he was pre­pared to shut down the fed­eral govern­ment next month if Congress fails to give him the money he wants to build a wall along the U.S. bor­der with Mex­ico.

“If I was ever go­ing to do a shut­down over bor­der se­cu­rity – when you look at the car­a­van, when you look at the mess, when you look at the peo­ple com­ing in,” the pres­i­dent said. “... This would be a very good time to do a shut­down.”

The pres­i­dent has asked law­mak­ers for $5 bil­lion for new wall con­struc­tion in fis­cal 2019, but Democrats op­pose the project and a bi­par­ti­san Se­nate com­pro­mise ear­lier this year in­cluded just $1.6 bil­lion for it.

Dur­ing the 2016 cam­paign, Trump re­peat­edly promised vot­ers that Mex­ico would pay for the roughly 2,000-mile bar­rier, which car­ries an es­ti­mated price tag of $20 bil­lion. But since tak­ing of­fice, he has ac­knowl­edged that Amer­i­can tax­pay­ers will have to put up the cash.

Speak­ing to re­porters be­fore trav­el­ing to Cal­i­for­nia to tour re­cent wild­fire dev­as­ta­tion, Trump pre­dicted Democrats would stave off his shut­down threat by agree­ing to wall fund­ing.

“I don’t think it’s go­ing to be nec­es­sary, be­cause I think the Democrats will come to their senses. And if they don’t come to their senses, we will con­tinue to win elec­tions,” the pres­i­dent said.

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