How Trump's wall could shut down the U.S. government

Geneva Matthews
August 30, 2017

President Trump on Sunday got an early start on his legislative agenda this week - pushing again for U.S. -Mexico border wall funding and confirming his visit to Missouri to tout his tax reform plan and apparently hammering incumbent Democratic Sen. All through his presidential campaign, Mr. Trump made it clear that Mexico would pay for the wall.

Griffith said that Peña Nieto is unequivocal "publicly", although Camerota had quoted him during a private conversation that was later released, that Mexico will "want to continue to have trade with these United States, and to bring their products north".

If Congress does push through a funding package without money for the wall, Trump could decide against signing the measure, forcing a shutdown. "It has to be a partnership, I have no doubt about that".

When asked whether the president is abandoning efforts to get Mexico to pay for the wall, Sanders said, "I certainly don't think any efforts have been abandoned".

The Mexican government attributes Trump's words to a simple negotiating strategy, and was not surprised, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said this week.

Now, while this remains a centrepiece of his populist speeches, he accepts USA funds will pay for construction, and Mexico will be forced to re-pay in some way later on.

Before his departure last week as Trump's chief strategist, Stephen Bannon urged the president to go through with a government shutdown if necessary to force Congress into providing money for the wall, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss strategy. The tweet spurred a spike in investor concern that Congress and the White House may not act in time.

"As the Mexican government has always stated, our country will not pay, under any circumstances, for a wall or physical barrier built on U.S. territory along the Mexican border".

Members of Trump's party criticized the pardon, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who said he disagreed with it, and Sen.

"We are in the NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico & Canada.Both being very hard, may have to terminate?"

The statement also addressed Trump's comment regarding crime in Mexico.

He made the vow during a rally in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday.

The second round of the NAFTA renegotiation is scheduled to begin Friday in Mexico City.

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