President Trump Will Win The Shutdown Showdown

Can Trump Build the Wall Without Approval from Congress?

Trump also knows that this is his only chance to get funding for the border wall, which he always claimed Mexico would before, because Winter (Democrats takeover the House) is coming.

"I will not sign any of their legislation, including infrastructure, unless it has ideal Border Security", he continued, referring to Democrats.

Leaders of both parties have indicated that they would be open to passing infrastructure legislation - with caveats.

But even as members of the Freedom Caucus are poised to urge Trump not to abandon his quest for border wall funding, White House officials say it's likely the President will do just that - and sign a short-term spending bill to avert a partial government shutdown.

Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, said Trump's political base "will just go crazy" if he signs a spending bill that does not include money for his long-promised border wall with Mexico, a central part of Trump's 2016 campaign. The vast majority of that money ($30 billion) was for hiring more U.S. Border Patrol agents along the southern border. Their fate in 2020 is tied to Trump's - does anyone believe House Republicans can recapture the majority while their candidate for president is losing his reelection? Lawmakers could not find a way to meet that demand - or part of it - ahead of a Friday night deadline, so they made a decision to put off the border wall fight until February.

We're about to see who was right, Trump or Pelosi.

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. Sure they had a viable, if short-term, solution to the budget fight, the GOP had planned a press conference for Thursday afternoon, ostensibly to tout their success before leaving for the Christmas holiday.

Can Trump Build the Wall Without Approval from Congress?
US Senate approves bill to avert government shutdown

It was a tacit acknowledgment that Congress was unlikely to fund the wall and marked a move away from Trump's tough rhetoric last week that he would be "proud" to shut down the government over wall funding.

"I thought if you're going to have a fight, now's the time to have it", said Senator Lindsey Graham, a close ally of the president who warned that it's only going to get more hard to get the money when Democrats take over. "If we don't stand strong for our national borders, then we cease to be a nation". "The president informed us that he will not sign the bill that came up from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concerns for border security". "I am a definitely a "no" on the Senate bill without the border funds, Scott said.

The Senate's top Republican and Democratic leaders began negotiating new proposals, and talks were expected to continue.

With Trump's support, it appeared set to breeze through the House before the midnight Friday deadline to fund seven government agencies. Far more money coming to the U.S. Because of the tremendous dangers at the Border, including large-scale criminal and drug inflow, the United States Military will build the Wall! You told us that you weren't afraid to shut down the government, that's why we like you.

The stopgap measure, though, doesn't include new funding for a border wall - something Democrats have opposed. "How many times do we have to learn that?" "But in terms of wall funding, that's a non-starter".

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.

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