A House spending bill would provide $5 billion next year for building President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, a major boost that suggests a raucous pre-election budget battle may lay ahead.
Democrats have long opposed financing Trump’s wall but lack the votes by themselves to block House approval of that amount. But they have the strength to derail legislation in the closely divided Senate.
Without naming a figure, Trump said in April that he would “have no choice” but to force a government shutdown this fall if he doesn’t get the border security money he wants.
The $5 billion is well-above the $1.6 billion in the Senate version of the bill, which would finance the Homeland Security Department. The higher amount matches what Trump has privately sought in conversations with Republican lawmakers, according to a GOP congressional aide. The aide wasn’t authorized to speak on the record about private discussions and spoke on condition of anonymity.
A toy manufacturer has introduced a line of 'MAGA building blocks' that encourage children to 'Build the Wall' just in time for Christmas.
The stocking stuffers from Keep and Bear, a conservative gift retailer, come with 101 pieces including a miniature President Donald Trump and a hard hat emblazoned with his 'Make America Great Again' mantra.
When assembled, the Lego knock-off wall bears one of Trump's beloved phrases: 'Build the Wall'.
The toy's description on Keep and Bear's website includes an extensive endorsement of the border wall that decries the migrant caravan making its way to the US, employing rhetoric similar to what one would hear at a Trump rally.
One of President Trump’s biggest campaign promises was his vow to build a wall along the country’s southernmost border.
And that promise is now at the center of Trump's fight with Democratic leaders as he's insisted he's willing to let the government shut down if Congress doesn't approve funding for the wall.
Congress has yet to fund the wall, and Trump’s demands that Mexico pay for it have gone nowhere. However, the president has seemingly evolved on what he’s called the “big, beautiful wall,” as he has contended a physical structure might not be needed “where you have rivers and mountains and everything else protecting” the border.
Trump wants $5 billion to build the wall, and that amount would take care of approximately 215 miles — half of which would be replacements, it added.
The cost of a wall along America’s southern border has been pegged at anywhere between $12 billion (Trump’s estimate) and $21 billion (Homeland Security’s estimate).
The idea of building one has repeatedly been criticized, however, with some suggesting that there’s no crisis that the wall would solve. Opponents have also noted previous efforts to strengthen the border that have been cheaper than building a wall.
President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to close the nation's southern border if Congress doesn't fund his border wall.
"We build the wall or," Trump wrote in a string of tweets. " ... close the southern border."
Mick Mulvaney, the incoming White House chief of staff, told reporters on Friday the president is "absolutely" willing to shut down the southern border, despite the enormous cost to the country.
"All options are on the table," Mulvaney said. "Listen, it's the only way we can get the Democrats' attention."
Trump also said he would cut off aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, where violence and crime have motivated thousands of people to flee and seek asylum in the United States. He also said another migrant caravan is heading toward the U.S.
President Donald Trump, even before he was at the White House, had been basing part of his case for a wall at the United States-Mexico border on the fact that the Vatican is surrounded by walls. But there’s more to it than that.
Trump in a Cabinet meeting at the White House on Wednesday, while discussing the government shutdown, responded to criticism that his proposed border wall is immoral.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has on multiple occasions referred to the wall as “immoral” or an “immorality,” including this week.
“When they say the wall is immoral, well then you better … got to do something about the Vatican, because the Vatican has the biggest wall of them all,” he said. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Friday made a similar case in an appearance on Fox News on Friday.