President Donald Trump on Thursday condemned Democratic “obstruction” of his calls for a wall on the southern border, a project he says is “desperately needed,” amid the partial government shutdown which showed no signs of resolution, Fox News informed.
“The Democrats OBSTRUCTION of the desperately needed Wall, where they almost all recently agreed it should be built, is exceeded only by their OBSTRUCTION of 350 great people wanting & expecting to come into Government after being delayed for more than two years, a U.S. record!” he tweeted, referring to the alleged slowness of Senate confirmation for appointments.
The government partially shut down on Saturday when the lawmakers were unable to agree on a spending package in order to keep the government open while in the same time fund the President’s promise to build a wall.
Trump stated that he will not be signing a law which does not realistically finance the project, and he demanded $5 billion for it.
On Twitter he stated that situation “isn’t about the wall” and that “everybody knows that a Wall will work perfectly.”
“This is only about the Dems not letting Donald Trump & the Republicans have a win,” he tweeted. “They may have the 10 Senate votes, but we have the issue, Border Security. 2020!”
In Congress, there is no climate for finding a resolution to this stalemate.
The House and Senate were both scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. ET in a “pro forma” session, where no legislative business was expected. Both chambers must meet at three-day intervals unless there’s an agreement from both bodies to adjourn. A small crew is expected for both sessions, with few members even remaining in the capital.
Earlier Thursday, Trump questioned if Democrats realize that “we desperately need Border Security and a Wall on the Southern Border” and said it was needed to stop “Drugs, Human Trafficking, Gang Members & Criminals from coming into our Country.”
“Do the Dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are Democrats?” he asked.
He did not immediately provide proof to back up his claim, but there is evidence to suggest that federal workers as a bloc do skew toward voting for Democrats. The Hill reported that in 2016, 95 percent of the roughly $2 million from 14 agencies spent on presidential politics went to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign.