Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding

Two Republican Senators who were in the meeting between members of Congress and Donald Trump on Tuesday say that he lost his temper during those talks and threatened to shut down the government if he didn’t get his way on border funding, demanding that the funding be “robust.”

[ RepublicanWest Virginia Sen. Sen. Shelley Moore] Capito reportedly made the remarks on MetroNews’ TalkLine program.

According to the Republican senator, Trump said that he would consider a government shutdown “if [funding is] not robust enough.”

“I told him that I didn’t think a shutdown benefited anybody — him, us or the American people,” Capito explained. “He can have his own opinion on it I guess.”

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) also disagreed with Trump’s shutdown threat, Capito said.

But why does Congress need to fund it? Trump said a thousand times during the campaign that Mexico was going to pay for it. He led audiences of thousands of people in call-and-response chants, asking “Who’s gonna pay for the wall?” and having them shout back “MEXICO!” at him. He was absolutely adamant about it. Was he wrong? Was he lying? Does he even know the difference? Either way, according to Trump himself, Congress shouldn’t have to pay a dime toward the wall.

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