Going through security at Tampa airport just before New Year, I realised something: these people are not being paid. For Britons and Europeans this is bizarre. Even Venezuelan government employees get paid, though the money may not be worth much when they come to spend it. While government shut-downs are common in the US, this one may be of a different order of duration. Here’s why... Donald Trump’s instincts are those of a property developer and TV show host. We saw the first just before Christmas when he urged the Federal Reserve not to increase interest rates, for developers like cheap money. It didn’t work: the Fed went ahead. If it slows the pace at which rates rise this year it will be because of the data on the US economy, not presidential pressure. Now he’s gone into show host mode again with his prime-time address from the Oval Office, seeking to put pressure on Congress to release government funds to build his proposed Mexican border wall. This … [Read more...] about ‘Can Trump afford to abandon the US economy over the Mexican border wall?’
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DONALD Trump has vowed to shut down the US government if he doesn't get a border wall - but will he do it? Here we reveal what he said, what the wall will look like, and how much it'll cost. Will Donald Trump shut down the US Government over the Mexico border wall Last week Trump vowed to shut down the government over the wall in a fiery Oval Office meeting with Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. He promised he would allow a partial shutdown of the federal government if Congress does not provide $5 billion to build the wall. Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller has called it a "fundamental issue." When asked if the administration was willing to allow parts of the government to cease operation at midnight on Friday, December 22 if the wall is not funded, Miller answered: "If it comes to it, absolutely." How much will the wall cost? The US Department of Homeland Security estimates the wall will cost £17billion, according to a leaked report. However some … [Read more...] about Will Donald Trump shutdown the US Government over the Mexico border wall?
US President Donald Trump commented on the recent crisis on the US-Mexico border on Monday, urging the US Congress to fund the border wall's construction in order to stop illegal migrants from coming into the country. Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 26 ноября 2018 г. Tensions in the Mexican border town of Tijuana have been running high since a caravan of thousands of migrants arrived there from Central America earlier in November. Addressing the issue, the Pentagon deployed 5,900 troops in order to prevent the migrants … [Read more...] about Trump Calls On Congress to Fund Wall, Threatens US-Mexican Border Closure
However, Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Minister Luis Videgaray Caso fired back in a statement on Twitter saying that Mexico "will never pay for a wall" a position he said was clear from the beginning. The issue of undocumented migration has long been a stumbling bloc in Mexico's relations with the United States. Moreover, building the border wall has been a major campaign pledge and central issue for Trump. However, the wall project has proven contentious as Trump originally claimed Mexico would pay for building it while the Mexican government repeatedly said it would not. READ MORE: Trump Says Construction of Wall on US Border With Mexico Already Started Trump said last week that the United States has already spent $3.5 billion building the wall on the Mexican border. © East News / Eduardo Verdugo/AP/MXEV115Drug Cartels Use Undocumented Migrants to Distract Patrols at US-Mexico BorderThe US House Appropriations … [Read more...] about Trump Clashes With Mexico’s Top Diplomat Over Payments for Border Wall
SAN DIEGO - On his first visit to California after taking office, President Donald Trump stood a few yards from Mexican territory with a poster showing before-and-after photographs of the border fence. The older image, from the early 1990s, showed a trampled, denuded hillside with throngs of people crisscrossing a flimsy barrier. In the second image, the same area appears today, green after the rains, where tall steel fencing has made a sharp delineation: crowded Tijuana on one side, and a verdant, orderly American landscape on the other. Rodney Scott, the chief of the Border Patrol's San Diego sector, pointed to the first image and began telling Trump what it was like patrolling in those days, but the president interrupted. "It was an open wound, frankly," Trump said, turning to the television cameras. "It was really, really bad. People just pouring across, drugs, everything else pouring across," he said. "They reestablished law and order in San Diego when they put up a wall. And it's … [Read more...] about Trump touts border wall, but there’s a hole here