White House says Trump shutdown threat if wall isn't funded is serious

President Trump gives a thumbs up to a crowd of supporters at the Phoenix Convention Center during a rally on Tuesday in Phoenix

Trump also accused Democrats of putting American security at risk for not supporting the multibillion-dollar proposal to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

The release said that violence and the trafficking of drugs and arms is a "shared responsibility", and it even expressed "full solidarity with the people and government of the United States for the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas" with the offer of help from the Mexican government.

As congressional staffers will tell you, it's complicated. Sanders knows that. Trump does too.

The chances of a government shutdown in the fall are growing.

Republicans like Ryan and Dent have never been interested in playing chicken with government-funding deadlines, so their comments aren't too surprising.

"We're looking forward to working with Congress to get funding for the border wall", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters August 23. The Senate has yet to consider and debate the money bill, the idea has attracted huge Democratic opposition there, making the funding less likely. Now, the president has suggested he would veto a spending bill that doesn't fund the wall. And Democrats would nearly certainly exercise the filibuster to block a bill with wall funding. Flake questioned the wisdom of constructing a wall in a landscape that includes flat desert, rolling hills, canyons, mountains and waterways - all of which present unique challenges in securing the border.

Mr Trump admitted after his election in November that it may in fact be part wall and part fence. But it's another matter whether his base voters would accept it. Congress must pass legislation by the end of September to keep the government going. By late spring of next year, members of Congress will be in full re-election mode ahead of the midterm polls in November, rendering deal-making hard.

Aides have said Republicans aren't close to coalescing around a Republican-only debt ceiling bill.

Is holding a gun to their head, threatening a government shutdown the way to go about funding the wall? The upside? Less trouble in the short term.

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The government's current funding is set to expire on October 1st.

Trump would love for McConnell to get rid of the legislative filibuster the way he did the filibuster on Supreme Court nominations. But he just can't make them pay up.

"As the government of Mexico has always maintained, our country will not pay, in any way or under any circumstances, for a wall or physical barrier built on USA territory along the Mexican border", the release said.

Congress will fund the wall.

Members of Trump's party criticized the pardon, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who said he disagreed with it, and Sen.

"I don't think anyone's interested in having a shutdown. Thousands rescued", Trump wrote.

Representative Nita Lowey of NY, the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, called Trump's threat the "polar opposite of leadership" and said the president should be held accountable if the government shuts down.

This would be hard for Republican leaders to achieve, but not impossible.

Since being elected, Trump has largely backed away from promises to make Mexico pay for the wall, and also faced a sharp rebuke from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who made it clear that Mexico would not be paying.

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