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Trump tweetstorm: ‘Shutdown today’ if Senate fails to approve border wall funding

Trump tweetstorm: ‘Shutdown today’ if Senate fails to approve border wall funding

President Trump on Friday began the day by firing off a series of tweets digging in on his demand for $5 billion in border security funding, telling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to fight for the wall and saying the government will shut down if Democrats do not support the plan.
“Shutdown today if Democrats do not vote for Border Security!” he tweeted.
Shutdown today if Democrats do not vote for Border Security!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
Trump urged McConnell to fight for approval of the spending bill approved Thursday night in the House and said Democrats would be to blame if the government partially shuts down at midnight Saturday.
“Senator Mitch McConnell should fight for the Wall and Border Security as hard as he fought for anything. He will need Democrat votes, but as shown in the House, good things happen. If enough Dems don’t vote, it will be a Democrat Shutdown! House Republicans were great yesterday!” Trump said in the first of eight tweets sent in less than an hour.
Senator Mitch McConnell should fight for the Wall and Border Security as hard as he fought for anything. He will need Democrat votes, but as shown in the House, good things happen. If enough Dems don’t vote, it will be a Democrat Shutdown! House Republicans were great yesterday!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
It is unlikely that the Senate will find the needed votes among Republicans and Democrats to approve a bill that includes funding for Trump’s border wall. The upper chamber had passed a stopgap measure Wednesday without the $5 billion, but the president said he would not sign if after conservatives flooded the media urging Trump not to back down.
The Friday tweets come in stark contrast to a contentious Oval Office meeting earlier this month that Trump held with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in which he said he would own any shutdown over border security.
“We don’t get what we want, one way or the other, whether it’s through you, through military, through anything you want to call, I will shut down the government. And I am proud to shut down the government for border security. I will take the mantle. I will shut it down, I’m not going to blame you for it,” Trump told Schumer and Pelosi.
The president on Friday also targeted Democrats for “trying to belittle” the border wall and said there will be a shutdown “that will last for a very long time” if the Senate doesn’t pass the bill.
“The Democrats are trying to belittle the concept of a Wall, calling it old fashioned. The fact is there is nothing else’s that will work, and that has been true for thousands of years. It’s like the wheel, there is nothing better,” he tweeted.
The Democrats are trying to belittle the concept of a Wall, calling it old fashioned. The fact is there is nothing else’s that will work, and that has been true for thousands of years. It’s like the wheel, there is nothing better. I know tech better than anyone, & technology…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
“The Democrats, whose votes we need in the Senate, will probably vote against Border Security and the Wall even though they know it is DESPERATELY NEEDED. If the Dems vote no, there will be a shutdown that will last for a very long time. People don’t want Open Borders and Crime!”
The Democrats, whose votes we need in the Senate, will probably vote against Border Security and the Wall even though they know it is DESPERATELY NEEDED. If the Dems vote no, there will be a shutdown that will last for a very long time. People don’t want Open Borders and Crime!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
The spending bill needs 60 votes to pass the Senate, which Republicans control by a 51-49 margin. Trump, though, made it clear he has no intention of backing down, sending signals that could impact markets and lead to furloughs of hundreds of thousands of federal workers. He repeatedly cited Thursday night’s House vote in which Republicans passed a stopgap measure that included $5.7 billion in wall funding.
House Republican Vote, 217-185.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
Trump is pushing Congress to pass his border wall funding in the final days of a united Republican government. Democrats take control of the House of Representatives on Jan. 3, making it even more unlikely any border wall funding gets through as Democrats have suggested they are just as adamant in their opposition to the wall as Trump is supportive.
“In terms of wall funding, that’s a nonstarter,” Pelosi said Thursday.