President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he would rather have a government shutdown fight over his immigration and border security demands before the midterm elections this November than afterward, KSHB 41 reports.
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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2018
“I would personally prefer before, but whether it’s before or after, we’re either getting it or we’re closing down government. We need border security. We need border security.”
President Donald Trump threatened Sunday to push the government into a shutdown ahead of the coming spending deadline in September if Congress does not fund his border wall and change the nation’s immigration laws.
“I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!” Trump tweeted.
I would be willing to “shut down” government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
The President said “a lot of great Republicans” had pointed to the strength of the economy and did not want to “complicate” that as voters prepare to head to the polls in elections that will decide control of Congress.
“I understand it,” he said. “I’m a little torn myself.”
Trump, who was speaking at a rally in Pennsylvania on Thursday evening, told the crowd that conservative superstars Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity thought the shutdown fight should come before the elections.
“You know who thinks it should be before? Rush Limbaugh thinks it should be before,” he said. “You know who else? Sean Hannity. A lot of them!”
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