Trump: ‘Government Shut Down Is A Very Small Price To Pay’ For Border Wall

It is said in political circles that a government shut down helps no one because of its effect on government organizations and its political backlash.

President Trump looks to put that to the test as he is holding his ground against lawmakers who are cautious to avoid a shutdown.

The president said he would be willing to endure a government shutdown no matter the “political ramifications.” He said he will champion immigration reform and border security ahead of a congressional vote on a funding bill in September and will not sign it unless it includes funding for border security initiatives.

“I don’t care what the political ramifications are, our immigration laws and border security have been a complete and total disaster for decades, and there is no way that the Democrats will allow it to be fixed without a Government Shutdown,” Trump said in a pair of tweets. “Border Security is National Security, and National Security is the long-term viability of our Country. A Government Shutdown is a very small price to pay for a safe and Prosperous America!”

The renewed promise follows a series of failed attempts to get funding for his border wall and other proposals from Congress. A previous attempt included the threat of a government shut down, but all parties quickly rushed together for a compromised bill.

From the Washington Examiner:

Trump said Monday, after he met with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, that he would have “no problem doing a shutdown” if border security wasn’t added to the mix. He also tweeted Monday that the rest of the world is “laughing at the stupidity of our immigration laws.”

A shutdown was narrowly avoided in March after Congress approved a $1.3 trillion spending package that would fund the government through the end of September.

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And, via an NBC News report earlier this year:

Speaking at the White House, Trump called the spending bill a “ridiculous situation,” while standing in the White House Diplomatic Room, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and several Cabinet members.

“There are a lot of things I’m unhappy about in this bill,” the president said, pointing to the inclusion of unspecified items that he said were added in order to get necessary funding for the U.S. military.

“In this case, it became so big because we need to take care of our military and because Democrats, who don’t believe in that, added things that they wanted in order to get their votes,” Trump explained.

Asked about his earlier veto threat, Trump told reporters he “looked very seriously at the veto” and “was thinking about doing the veto but because of the incredible gains we’ve been able to make for the military, that overrode any of our thinking.”

Trump said he would never sign such a bill again.

“I say to Congress: I will never sign another bill like this again,” Trump promised. “Nobody read it. It’s only hours old. … (It’s) the second-largest ever. President Obama signed one that was actually larger, which I’m sure he wasn’t too happy with either.”