Trump Has Changed His Mind And Doesn’t Want A Government Shutdown
Two days after President Donald Trump said he would shut down the government unless Congress approved funding for a border wall, the president has changed his mind and says he doesn’t want a shutdown after all.
On Thursday afternoon the president tweeted, “Let’s not do a shutdown, Democrats — do what’s right for the American People!”
The tweet is accompanied by a video in which he says, “The Democrats are absolute hypocrites. All along they’ve been supporting walls, and supporting fences and supporting all sorts of border security.”
Let’s not do a shutdown, Democrats – do what’s right for the American People! pic.twitter.com/bZg07ZKQqo
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2018
The video-based tweet includes three undated clips of Trump’s rivals, Sen. Chuck Schumer, then-Sen. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, all speaking in support of border security.
“I voted numerous times, when I was a senator, to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in,” Clinton said.
“Illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple,” Schumer said.
“We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States, undetected, undocumented, unchecked,” Obama added.
In the video, Trump says Democrats are opposing his requests for funding of the border wall out of personal hostility toward him.
“The fact is they’ve always supported fences and walls and partitions. But you know what? they only don’t want to do it because of me,” Trump said while encouraging Democrats to put people ahead of politics.
Trump concluded his video by adding, “We’ve done a really fantastic job with what we have. We can do an almost perfect job if we have the wall and proper border security, and that’s what we’re going to do for the American people. Thank you.”
The Republican-controlled House has not voted on a spending bill that includes $5 billion Trump has sought for a border wall, possibly because the GOP doesn’t think they have enough votes to pass the bill, according to analysts.