After being heavily criticized for not including funding for a border wall in a previous budget bill, President Trump is said to be willing to take drastic steps to force funding in the next budget. A Freedom Caucus congressman says Trump is willing to force a government shutdown if his border wall isn’t funded.
In in interview with Breitbart News, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said there was enough support for Trump’s ultimatum.
“My conversations with the president have led me to believe that there is nothing less than a full and total commitment on his part to only sign into law a funding bill that actually allows for us to start construction of a border wall on our southern border,” he said. “He’s committed to do that.”
“We’re committed to supporting him in that position,” he continued. “And most importantly, the American people are willing to support him in that and believe that it’s a campaign promise that this president is going to fulfill.”
The border wall has been a contentious promise made by Trump during the presidential campaign, as even some allies admit that it would be extraordinarily and prohibitively expensive. Trump has not acquiesced in saying that it will be built however. During the recent G20 economic summit, he said definitively that it would be built, and Mexico would pay for it, even as Mexico’s president was standing nearby.
“There is nothing more critical that has to be funded than funding the border wall for two reasons,” Meadows said. “One is it is a commitment that the president made to the American people and one that he intends on keeping, but the second part of that is for our national security we must secure our borders.”
“And the American people will accept no less,” he concluded.