Will he or won’t he? Trump sows confusion on shutdown plans

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened a government shutdown if the US Congress refuses to back major changes to immigration policies like establishing a merit-based system, saying America is the "laughing stock of the world" due to the worst immigration laws.

"I agree that we have to protect the borders and above all, his [Trump's] border so that neither weapons nor cash come into Mexico", Navarrete Prida said.

Congress is up against a September deadline to pass a funding bill or the government could shut down October 1, just a little more than a month before the November midterm elections, in which GOP control over the House and Senate hangs in the balance.

Congress must pass a spending bill by the end of September to avert a government shutdown, and Trump on Monday reiterated his demand that immigration reforms, including $25 billion for construction of a wall on US border with Mexico, be included in any spending package.

Trump made similar remarks on Monday during a joint press conference with Italy's prime minister, adding that he would threaten a shutdown if Congress didn't act first.

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Mr. Schumer said success will depend on Republicans ignoring Mr. Trump.

"We want our border security was at the maximum", - said the American leader. "It's mind boggling to me that anybody would say, 'well, we're going to shut down the government if I don't get my way".

"Our hope is by the end of August, the Senate will have approved nine of the 12 appropriation bills, which would mean that 17 - that's 90 percent - it'll mean that 90 percent of the funding of the federal government from a Senate point of view will be done through the regular order before we get to Labor Day".

"Border Security is National Security, and National Security is the long-term viability of our Country", he added. With Congress likely needing to pass a short-term spending bill before the new fiscal year, aides have emphasized that Trump would get another opportunity to force a showdown with Democrats over the border wall during a lame-duck session. "This year's swift movement is so unusual for the Senate", they report, "that Roll Call couldn't find another instance of that chamber jumping ahead of the House in passing spending bills dating back to 1976, when the start of the fiscal year moved from July 1 to October 1". "There are a lot of things I'm unhappy about in this bill".

"I'll always leave room for negotiation", he said. "There are a lot of things that we shouldn't have had in this bill", Trump said in March. The House Appropriations Committee Homeland Security Bill contains $5 billion for "physical barriers and associated technology on the southern border". Government funding expires at the end of September, just weeks before the midterm elections.

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