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Trump steels for possible government shutdown amid border wall impasse

Trump steels for possible government shutdown amid border wall impasse

But Trump's shutdown threat, in which he also demanded several pieces of a comprehensive immigration overhaul that is stalled in Congress, has opened the door to a politically bruising spending fight as the fiscal year ends in September.

'I would have no problem doing a shut down.

"There's a reason ... we wanted the wall and that is so that all of us don't have to be on constant, constant alert for the next wave of illegal, poverty-stricken, very needy, uneducated immigrants pouring across our border". After decades of playing games, with the whole World laughing at the stupidity of our immigration laws, and with Democrats thinking.

The US President lashed out at Democrats in Congress who are now blocking his immigration plans. But it was a splintered Republican majority bloc of lawmakers, along with unified Democratic opposition, that twice in recent weeks rejected immigration changes Trump supported. The executive order will end the process of separating children from their families after they are detained for crossing USA border illegally.

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said he assumed Trump's words were a "negotiating tactic".

But a day later, he softened his tone, saying at a joint press conference with the visiting Italian prime minister, "I always leave room for negotiation".

The president touted his sticking points on border security in a tweet on Monday morning, where he also pushed to have his wall built faster.

House Republicans released a spending bill this month that provides $5 billion next year to build Trump's wall, a major boost.

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He first threatened a government shut down on Sunday. My administration is working hard to pass border security legislation, improve vetting, and establish a merit-based immigration system which the United States needs very, very importantly, very badly.

Three months later, Trump has publicly returned to this line of thinking.

No one in Congress or his administration is calling for such a large number of immigration judges to be added to the system, though politicians and advocates of many different political stripes have said that adding some immigration judges will ease the the lengthy backlog of current cases.

The president praised Conte's hardline stance on immigration.

Republicans distanced themselves from Mr Trump's threat on Monday. Italy has had more than 650,000 immigrants enter the country since 2014.

President Trump signed the executive order on Wednesday, June 20.

Trump has gotten some wall money from Congress, and likely will get more, though the total is short of the $25 billion he has requested.

Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said on ABC's "This Week" said he did not think it would come to a shutdown. "The president, I think, wants us to have policies that work for America and work for Americans, and I think that's what we are going to move forward with".