Trump: If we have to close down our Government, we’re building that Wall

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President Trump fired a shot that was pointed directly at squishy Congressional leadership this week as he made his strongest statements regarding the building of a border wall with Mexico this week.

“If we have to close down our Government, we’re building that Wall.”

The building of a border wall with Mexico was a key campaign promise for Trump. Many voters who were sick of the lack of immigration enforcement under President Obama gravitated towards Trump hoping that the building of a border wall would come early in his presidency.

The funding for the wall has become a major budgetary issue as Trump is using the threat of a veto for any new budget that does not include funding for the project.

This potential standoff has raised the question of whether their is harmony among the President and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Trump Tweeted, “The only problem I have with Mitch McConnell is that, after hearing repeal and replace for 7 years, he failed! That should NEVER have happened!”

The frustration expressed by the president is felt throughout the conservative base of the GOP, which feels that the failure of the central campaign promise of the past few elections shows a pronounced move to the center for the party.

The President and Congress must work together if Tax reform, another major portion of the Trump agenda, is to pass ahead of next years midterm election. The failure of the American Healthcare Act is a major black eye on a party that is in danger of losing control of the Senate next year.

The President also called out leadership for failing to link the need to raise the debt ceiling to a bill for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The President stated that action would have been “easy” and the process is “now a mess.”

Whether or not the President and leadership can get on the same page will determine the rate of installation of the President’s agenda, and whether or not the party is perceived as unified going into November of 2018.

 

 

 

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