President Trump again threatened a government shutdown unless Congress funds his border wall. At a joint news conference at the White House Monday, along with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, the president said “If we don’t get border security after many, many years of talk within the United States I would have no problem doing a shutdown.”
Trump renewed his demand for border wall funding as well as changes to U.S. immigration law in a tweet Sunday, saying “I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security.” Republicans, who hold majorities in both the House and Senate, have not been able to pass the immigration changes the president wants. And GOP leaders in Congress are reluctant to see a government shutdown this fall, just weeks ahead of the midterm elections.
Trump said he had no “red line” in so far as the amount he wants Congress to approve, and that he will “always leave room for negotiation.”
Trump also said he would be willing to meet with Iran’s leaders “anytime they want, no preconditions.” But he warned that Iran must “never be allowed” to possess nuclear weapons.