President Trump doubled-down on his proposed border wall funding over the Christmas holiday; telling Democrat lawmakers there can be no budget agreement until left-wing legislators agree to fully finance his border security initiatives.
The President was speaking with reporters at the White House Tuesday when he was asked when the federal government would re-open for business following Friday’s partial shutdown.
On Christmas Day, Trump doubled down on border wall demand.
"I can't tell you when the government is going to be open. I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they would like to call it." https://t.co/U5G4mTZ3ei pic.twitter.com/VCnjUJCe16
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 26, 2018
“I can’t tell you when the government is going to be open,” Trump said. “I can tell you it’s not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they want to call it.”
“It’s a barrier from people pouring into our country,” he added. “It’s a barrier from drugs.”
Watch the president’s comments above.
FINAL WARNING: Trump Tells Dems He's ‘TOTALLY PREPARED’ for a ‘Very Long Shutdown’
President Trump warned Congressional leaders Friday that the White House was “totally prepared” for a “very long shutdown” should they fail to reach a budget deal; saying this may be “our only chance” to get “great border security.”
The President was speaking with reporters during a signing ceremony for his Criminal Reform Justice Bill when he weighed-in on the potential shutdown as the Friday deadline loomed closer.
"We're totally prepared for a very long shutdown," Pres. Trump says.
— ABC News (@ABC) December 21, 2018
“Now it’s up to the Democrats as to whether or not we have a shutdown tonight. I hope we don’t, but we’re totally prepared for a very long shutdown. This is our only chance that we’ll ever have because of the world and the way it works out, to get great border security,” said the president.
HARRIS UNHINGED: Sen. Kamala Harris TRASHES SCHUMER’s Shutdown Surrender
Liberal Senator and possible 2020 presidential contender Kamala Harris blasted her Democratic colleagues for voting to re-open the federal government Monday afternoon, saying she voted against the bill to end the government shutdown because it did little to protect illegal immigrants.
A CNN congressional correspondent posted the Senator’s full statement on social media, where she slammed liberal legislators for caving to GOP demands on DACA, border security, and other immigration issues central to the Democrat decision to shutdown the federal government.
“The Majority Leader’s comments last night fell far short of the ironclad guarantee I needed to support a stopgap spending bill,” said Harris. “I refuse to put the lives of nearly 700,000 young people in the hands of someone who has repeatedly gone back on his word.”
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) January 22, 2018
Despite the left-leaning Senator’s opposition, the Senate voted to approve the financial resolution; passing by a margin of 80-18 after dozens of Democrats switched their votes under Schumer’s instruction.
The Democratic hold-outs include Sens. Harris, Warren, Gillibrand, Sanders, and Booker -all likely contenders for the Democratic nomination in 2020.