President Trump Will Win The Shutdown Showdown

"Democrat leaders' refusal to compromise is extremely frustrating, and after speaking with numerous colleagues on both sides of the aisle, I remain convinced that we could have reached a long-term agreement that would have also better secured our borders", Moran said late Wednesday.

The Democrats are a party of con artists and fear mongers, but President Trump is no fool.

One more point to clarify: Schumer in January 2018 said he offered to back funding for Trump's border wall in exchange for a broader immigration package that included a deal for so-called Dreamers, young immigrants living in the country illegally. Even in the GOP-controlled House, Trump did not have the votes to get US$5 billion (NZ$7.4 billion) in wall money, and House Speaker Paul Ryan declined to bring it to the floor.

Congress did pass legislation to fund much of the government through the current budget year, until next October 1.

Senators sang Christmas carols included "O Holy Night" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" as they passed a measure by voice vote to punt the appropriations fight to February 8.

Trump "does not want to go further without border security", including the wall, said press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday. Trump also tried to defend his efforts on the border, arguing that "people are losing sight of the great job being done on our Southern Border by Border Patrol, ICE and our great Military".

That changed again on Thursday after Mr Trump faced severe criticism from some of his most ardent supporters, who accused him of "caving".

"We're going to back you up".

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".

Conservative groups, in a unusual twist of politics, say they're grateful to Democrats for fighting President Donald Trump's border wall.

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Conservatives such as Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., say voting on the short-term-spending bill without border wall money amounts to a surrender on one of Trump's signature campaign promises.

And that puts Trump in a precarious position going up against attacks from at least thirty Democratic contenders, and potentially several Republican insurgents, all seeking the presidential nomination.

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.

These groups have always been concerned that Trump's political interests of fulfilling a campaign promise to build the wall might be prioritized over other more important enforcement priorities.

The stopgap measure, though, doesn't include new funding for a border wall - something Democrats have opposed. Brooks said he is confident that the House could uphold a veto - if a spending bill does pass and Trump refuses to sign it.

"He [Trump] campaigned on the wall" in 2016, Meadows said. Asked what happens if the vote fails, Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES') says: "That's a negative attitude".

Ryan (R-Wisconsin) has repeatedly caved to opposition from Democrats on the funding of the wall. But after Thursday's White House meeting they were left with little choice, given the president's refusal to accept a stopgap measure without the money.

He did not specify, however, whether that meant funding for the wall.


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