Published December 28, 2018
WASHINGTON — Blaming Democrats for the federal government shutdown that is impacting the paychecks of 800,000 federal workers and another 300,000 furloughed federal employees, President Trump on Friday morning tweeted “We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with. Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve!”
President Donald Trump
The truth of the matter, Trump owns this federal government shutdown by demanding a wall at the southern border of the United States that most Americans oppose. According to a Reuters poll released late Thursday, just 35 percent of those surveyed in the opinion poll said they backed including money for the wall in a congressional spending bill. Only 25 percent said they supported Trump shutting down the government over the matter.
Both houses of Congress have adjourned until the New Year when the 116th Congress takes over the nation’s Capitol. With the 116th Congress, the transfer of power goes to the Democrats in the House of Representatives. The Democrats won 40 seats in the midterm November general election.
With the Democrats in control of the House, there is little hope the House will appropriate the $5.7 billion demanded by Trump.
On Friday, Trump also threatened to cut off cut off U.S. aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. As is common with the president of the United States erractic behavior, he has made both threats previously.