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Trump slams GOP leaders over border wall money

Trump slams GOP leaders over border wall money

Ryan, speaking alongside U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy outside the White House, said Trump wanted any spending agreement to secure the U.S. border.

Eddie Scarry wrote an editorial for the Washington Examiner that blasted Trump for allowing his much-vaunted wall to be reduced to "steel slats".

But he did make clear he will continue to push for the wall funding when the next Congress convenes after a holiday break that will start for lawmakers Thursday and him on Friday.

An extension however, would prolong the wall debate into 2019 when the House will be controlled by the Democrats.

In reality, about two-thirds of the federal government is already funded through a budget deal reached earlier in the year, so a partial shutdown would not affect most federal employees, including those serving in the armed forces.

Without a resolution, more than 800,000 government workers could be furloughed or sent to work without pay beginning at midnight Friday, disrupting government operations days before Christmas.

Trump "does not want to go further without border security", including the wall, said press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday.

Throughout Trump's 2016 campaign, "Build the wall!" was a rallying cry.

Lawmakers publicly said they were unlikely to meet Trump's demands.

On "Fox and Friends" on Thursday, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said: "If we're not going to fight now, when are we going to fight?"

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By Wednesday evening, Trump's base - and, in particularly, pro-Trump pundits - were loudly voicing their concerns over the lack of border wall funding, the Associated Press reports, "with some aggressively lobbying the president against signing a short-term deal with no wall dollars".

Schumer and Pelosi are hoping they can block wall funding and morph candidate Trump's pledge into President Trump's broken promise, and ride it to victory in 2020.

Trump appeared to shelve his shutdown threats after promising a fight over the wall, a project central to his presidential campaign.

McConnell's proposal has the backing of the top congressional Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, and top congressional Republicans have indicated they are optimistic that the President would sign the measure.

Trump essentially abandoned his position from last week, when he told Democrats he would be "proud" to shutter government over border security. The issue is so divisive that GOP leaders have avoided scheduling stand-alone votes on that funding to avoid a potentially embarrassing failure to pass one of Trump's biggest demands. If it fails, the House may end up voting on the original bill passed by the Senate but panned by Trump. "We're going to have that fight, but we're going to have that fight after the midterms, '" Meadows said.

Hard-right conservative pundits and lawmakers have urged Trump to push for border wall funding now, even if it leads to a shutdown, arguing that it would be impossible to get once Democrats take control of the House on January 3.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway hinted earlier that Trump is leaning this way when she told reporters at the White House the President will "take a look at" the continuing resolution, though she attempted to frame any punt as something other than a concession from the White House.

Trump has refused to state publicly whether he will accept a funding bill without wall money, renewing the prospect of a partial government shutdown.

"What I've been a little relieved about is the Democrats really digging in on it because I was nervous about what the Republican leadership was trying to pass", said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, who is in regular discussions with the administration.