Trump threatens U.S. government shutdown over border wall

Trump threatens to ‘shut down’ government if Dems don’t support border measures

"Please understand, there are consequences when people cross our Border illegally, whether they have children or not - and many are just using children for their own sinister purposes", President Trump said.

US President Donald Trump says he would consider shutting down the government if Democrats refuse to vote for his immigration proposals, including building a wall along the US -Mexico border.

But leaders said funding for the wall could wait until after the November election.

Trump contended that "Democrats, who want Open Borders and care little about Crime, are incompetent, but they have the Fake News Media nearly totally on their side!"

Ryan said after the meeting: "The president's willing to be patient to make sure that we get what we need so that we can get that done". Trump wants changes to legal immigration, including scrapping a visa lottery program. Under a court order, the USA government reunited by last Thursday more than 1,800 children with their parents, other family members already in the US or sponsor households.

Sunday's shutdown threat from Trump also echoed a remark he made in February when he said "I'd love to see a shutdown" if the government did not agree to address immigration.

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It also would shutter the government just weeks before voters will decide which party controls the House and Senate - and the Trump-GOP agenda - come January. The Trump administration repeatedly attempted to shift the blame to the Democrats for its own policy and falsely claimed it had no choice but to separate the families. We're trying to work with our colleagues, and I think border security is very important in this country.

A House spending bill for fiscal 2019 proposes $5 billion for the project, while a Senate measure proposes the same amount as 2018.

Lawmakers met with Trump last week to discuss the appropriations process to fund the government by the September deadline.

That tweet followed one in which he called the U.S.' immigration laws the "dumbest and worst" in the world.

The Republican president has threatened a shutdown several times since taking office in 2017 in a bid to get immigration priorities in congressional spending bills, especially funding for a wall along the southern USA border.

On June 20, Trump signed an executive order halting his administration's policy, but there are still many questions about how the remaining hundreds of children will be reunited with their parents.

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