On Tuesday, President Donald Trump broke with typical Republican protocol and openly announced that he’d be willing to shut down the government if it meant securing funding for his border wall.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump broke with typical Republican protocol and openly announced that he’d be willing to shut down the government if it meant securing funding for his border wall. Facing down incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in the Oval Office, Trump dismissed calls to negotiate behind closed doors and announced that he’d be more than willing to take the blame for such a shutdown. “I will be the one to shut it down,” Trump said. “I will take the mantle of shutting it down… I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck.”
Trump was obviously irritated with Pelosi and Schumer – but particularly Schumer, who insisted on ignoring Trump and talking directly to the cameras. Trump has demanded $5 billion for the building of a border wall. Democrats insist that Trump only be funded to the tune of $1.3 billion for border protection. “If there’s not border security, I won’t take it,” Trump stated.
Pelosi responded, “Unfortunately, this has spiraled downward… You will not win.

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