Mexico border wall may not be as effective as Trump hopes

Claudine Rigal
Août 27, 2017

President Donald Trump isn't alone in his frustration with Republican members of Congress he views as standing in the way of health care reform and other initiatives he pledged to tackle during the presidential campaign. Mexican officials have steadfastly refused to do that, forcing the president to turn to Congress for funding.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have pushed back on the need for a shutdown, which may be calamitous for the market.

"If the President pursues this path, against the wishes of both Republicans and Democrats, as well as the majority of the American people, he will be heading towards a government shutdown which nobody will like and which won't accomplish anything", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Saturday's dinner, a celebration of the Republican Party's electoral gains over the a year ago, comes as Trump has taken McConnell to task in recent days for his handling of the failed vote to repeal parts of Obamacare and for not moving legislation to raise the debt ceiling.

Trump lashed out against McConnell again Thursday morning on Twitter.

'I requested that Mitch M & Paul R tie the Debt Ceiling legislation into the popular V.A. Bill (which just passed) for easy approval. "...didn't do it so now we have a big deal with Dems holding them up (as usual) on Debt Ceiling approval". The president argued that would have been "easy" and says process is "now a mess". And, it comes just days removed from a series of stories detailing the fact that the two men haven't spoken in weeks and have no plans to do so. Two years later, Gingrich and Republicans suffered major losses in the House - and Gingrich quit. He would likely not take well to a funding impasse over the wall - not after Republicans suffered stinging headlines for the 2013 shutdown. Their poll numbers dipped badly during the closures and the shutdown's immediate aftermath.

Danforth continued: "He is the most divisive president in our history". Democrats have said they will not work with Republicans on the budget if they feel like they are being backed into a corner with ultimatums. That means that eight Democrats are controlling all of this legislation. There is no botched rollout of a website to villainize.

Still, as much as Trump hates being called out in public, "scalping" McConnell is probably not a good idea.

A spokesman for McConnell noted the Senate majority leader had said earlier this week, in an appearance with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, that the debt ceiling would be raised.

The problem is obvious.

Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) has argued repeatedly that the GOP should go to the mat over funding for a border wall, and on Tuesday tweeted, "I applaud @POTUS @realDonaldTrump for his commitment to keeping a promise that was central to his campaign - securing our southern border".

The White House issued a separate statement with different priorities - including a border wall, which McConnell didn't mention. And that Trump could veto whatever they passed and - wait for it - that they nearly certainly wouldn't have the votes to overturn that veto.

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