The President of the United States, Donald Trump has said on Tuesday that he is willing to shut down the government so that he can get the funds required for his proposed border wall.
“If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” President Trump announced during a rally in Arizona.
Apparently, the government will shut down if Congress does not reach a funding agreement which Trump will sign into law by the 30th of September, its deadline. The Congressional Democrats have expressly warned that they will not support a deal that includes money for the wall.
However, President Trump has the power to veto or refuse to sign spending measures that the Congress will pass in the absence of the funding of the barrier, which will cause shut down.
During the campaign period, President Trump swore to construct a physical barrier along the entire USA – Mexico border as part of his quest to end illegal immigration. He assured that Mexico would be the one to fund the said project. However, Mexico quickly repealed the idea.
While the White House is seeking federal funding for the bill, the spending Democrats have sworn not to support the bill. Thus, the majority Republican will require the votes of the minority to keep the government open.
Lawmakers with districts that sit along the said border, including the Republican has since questioned the physical wall’s effectivity.