Published: Tue, August 29, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump sparks Wall St drive, rebuke on latest Mexico wall plan

Trump sparks Wall St drive, rebuke on latest Mexico wall plan

The US government has never been shut down with the same party in control of both Congress and the White House.

President Donald Trump is "serious" about his threat to do so, a senior administration official told NBC News Thursday, escalating Trump's words from a rally Tuesday.

The wall was one of Trump's most popular campaign vows, prompting frequent rally chants of "Build that wall!"

Neither Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky nor Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has weighed in on Trump's remarks, but some prominent conservative lawmakers are urging Republicans to support the president.

Democrats are broadly opposed to the wall, and are determined to avoid helping Trump achieve a political victory on that issue.

Designs for the border wall were accepted by the Department of Homeland Security earlier this year, The Hill noted.

Increasingly pressured to demonstrate their governing chops, GOP leaders have insisted they'll pass the spending bills in time to keep the government running beyond October 1, when funding expires.

Trump maintained on Sunday morning that Mexico would pay for the wall in some form, adding that it was necessary due to the country's high crime rates.

"We're looking forward to working with Congress to get funding for the border wall", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters August 23.

Gambling on a shutdown over the wall is an easy choice for Trump.

A wall along the southern nation's border was one of the president's main campaigning points, and he has called on Congress time and again to allocate funds for its construction.

Shortly after, Trump shifted his Twitter discourse back to Harvey, assuring his social media followers that all would end well despite the unprecedented nature of the storm, which has been linked to at least two deaths in Texas.

"When you control the presidency, the Senate and the House, you're shutting down the government that you're running", he said.

"Threatening to shut down the gov't for a campaign promise and a wall we don't need is irresponsible and reckless, " Representative Bennie Thompson of MS, the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, tweeted from an account representing the panel's Democrats. Trump wrote, sharing a tweet from Clarke about his book, titled "Cop Under Fire: Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America".

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