The No. 1 reason why Trump's wall won't fix the drug problem
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 27, 2017,
Apr 27, 2017, 0:16
So when President Trump moved into the White House, he said that - initially - it might require United States taxpayers to fund its construction, but the money would be clawed back from Mexico at a later stage.
Trump told a group of conservative media Monday night that he wouldn't push for funding for the border wall in this short term bill but wait until the fall when negotiations take place for spending in 2018. "In case anybody has any questions, the wall is going to get built", President Trump said in Washington on Tuesday.
Prior to the White House demand late last week for border wall money, it had largely been assumed on Capitol Hill that the spending measure would include funding for additional security steps along the border, but that there wouldn't be any money explicitly dedicated for new wall construction. The following day, however, White House officials said that keeping the wall in the fiscal year 2017 budget remains a priority.
He accused the Democrats of being opposed to the wall, and ignoring the fact that it will stop drugs and "very bad MS 13 gang members".
Democrats blasted the approach, warning that Republicans risked being on the hook for shuttering the government barely three months into the new administration.
Davis said it is important to put together a spending plan for the rest of the year, not only to avoid a government shutdown but also so Congress can turn its attention to debating next year's appropriations, "which we should be doing now". Democrats will exert maximum leverage to get what they want in the spending bill, knowing that a shutdown would be portrayed in the media as a blow to the president's prestige.
Republicans did say they insisted on funding for increased border security, including investing in "technology" on the southern border.
"The wall's gonna get built".
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" that Trump would be willing to sign a bill without money for the border wall and stave off the threat of a government shutdown.
When asked when the wall would be built, Trump said, "Soon".
"It's 50-50 of seeing a shutdown given the nature of the combatants", Pollock said.
Trump denied reports that he's pulling support for the wall in a tweet Tuesday morning. Mr. Trump said. "One hundred percent it's getting built". "If the wall is not built, which it will be, the drug situation will NEVER be fixed the way it should be!"
He continued: "Trump, I'm sure, does not ever think he caves on anything".