Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said on his program Tuesday that “it looks like President Trump is caving” on his demand for funding for the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
As a candidate for president, Donald Trump frequently called for the construction of a wall on the southern border and vowed that Mexico would pay for it. Since becoming president, he has asked Congress for funding for its construction, saying that Mexico would reimburse the United States for the wall “at a later date.”
Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1492962299.0
Fox News reported Tuesday that Trump told a group of conservative media reporters that he would be willing to delay discussions about funding for the wall in order to prevent a government shutdown after Democrats vowed not to approve any funds for such a wall in the supplemental spending bill being debated this week.
According to a transcript on his website, Limbaugh told his audience that it appears as if Trump is “caving” on the issue.
“I’m not happy to have to pass this on,” Limbaugh said. “I’m very, very troubled to have to pass this on. And I want to say at the outset that I hope my interpretation is wrong, and I hope this is not the case. But it looks like, from here, right here, right now, it looks like President Trump is caving on his demand for a measly $1 billion in the budget for his wall on the border with Mexico.”
Limbaugh argued that Democrats “seem to have successfully used this stupid, silly threat of a government shutdown to get their way.”
“What Trump is saying is if we need to get this done, then I’ll delay the spending on the wall until September,” Limbaugh said. “And it’s just a measly billion dollars.
“But the problem here, folks, is one of politics,” he continued. “If this happens, if Trump does — and I use the word ‘cave’ guardedly. Trump, I’m sure, does not ever think he caves on anything. But outward appearances are what they are. And the bottom line is that if he is willing to withdraw a demand of his for a measly billion dollars for the wall because the Democrats are threatening a shutdown then the Democrats will have just learned that this threat works on Trump, too, not just all the other Republicans.”
Lawmakers have until Friday to reach a funding agreement for the federal government and avert a government shutdown.