Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer visited President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the White House today and the gloves quickly came off.
Trump let it be known that he was more than willing to shut down the government over funding of his long-desired goal of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. Saying, if he and Republicans don’t “get what we want”, Trump said he’ll “take the mantle”, and shut down the government–a move that could impact millions of Americans.
“If we don’t get what we want one way or the other…I will shut down the government,” Trump declared, adding, “I am proud to shut down the government for border security. … I will take the mantle of shutting it down.”
Pelosi pointed out that since Republicans control Congress, if Trump’s border wall was very popular, he wouldn’t even need Democratic support.
Trump wants $5 billion for the wall’s construction; Schumer and Pelosi said they could support $1.6 billion.
Pelosi, who will be the next Speaker of The House when Democrats take majority control of the legislative body next month, termed the potential shutdown of government services a “Trump shutdown”, which irritated the POTUS.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised to make Mexico pay for a border wall. That never happened.
If the government cannot avert a shutdown, a number of services could come to a halt although Social Security payments and the Defense Department would not be affected; but federally funded public parks and zoos could close, along with some federal buildings.
There is a December 21 deadline for Congress to fund the government.