Pre-christ­mas wall show­down looms

Trump OKS two weeks of govern­ment fund­ing

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - WASHINGTON - By Dar­lene Su­perville The As­so­ci­ated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said Fri­day that 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 for the pro­posed wall. House Demo­cratic leader Nancy Pelosi of Cal­i­for­nia re­jected that a day ear­lier. At an ap­pear­ance in Kansas City, Mis­souri, 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 year-end­ing 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 will 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.

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