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Government Shutdown If No Funds For Border Wall: Donald Trump

Government Shutdown If No Funds For Border Wall: Donald Trump

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  19 Nov 2018 2:13 AM GMT

Washington: US President Donald Trump told the media at the White House here that this would be a “good time” for a government shutdown if he doesn’t get funding from Congress for his border wall. “I think probably, if I was ever going to do a shutdown over border security, when you look at the caravans, when you look at the mess, when you look at the people coming in, this would be a very good time to do a shutdown,” CNN quoted Trump as saying on Saturday.

Donald Trump added, however, that he didn’t think a shutdown would “be necessary, because I think the Democrats will come to their senses”. Congress averted a government shutdown in September by passing a massive spending bill to fund a large portion of the government. The package did not, however, include money for Trump’s border wall, and Congress passed a shorter-term spending bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, among other agencies, until December 7.

At a White House event in August, Trump said he was looking for about $5 billion for the wall to cover this fiscal year, which some Democrats have already said they would vote against. Trump also said on Saturday that the US military will remain at the US-Mexico border “as long as necessary”, suggesting that the 5,900 troops deployed to the border could stay there past December 15, the scheduled end of the mission. (IANS)

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