Trump once again said he is willing to partially shut the government down to force the Democrats to the table on border wall funding.
“Probably if I was ever going to do a shutdown on border security, when you look at the caravans, when you look at the mess, when you look at the people coming in, this would be a very good time to do a shutdown,” Trump said to reporters as he left the White House on Saturday to travel to California to review the wildfire damage.
President Trump said he wants $5 billion for fund the wall in the next budget cycle. House Democrats will now have the majority moving into the new year. Trump believes that a partial shut down will not be needed as he thinks the Democrats “will come to their senses.”
Trump has threatened a possible shut down before the midterms. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have urged Trump to wait until after the election to discuss border wall funding.
Congress has funded most of the government through Dec. 7, but funding for the Department of Homeland Security expires on that day.