Trump rejects spending resolution; House GOP scrambles to avert government shutdown

Trump rejects spending resolution; House GOP scrambles to avert government shutdown
Border fence, McAllen, TX. YouTube video

[Ed. – Now Trump wants steel slats.  The funny thing is, readers will be in no doubt what that means.  I don’t think this means Trump will be walking Syria back.  Open question: are we getting our money’s worth from our elected representatives?]

President Donald Trump declared Thursday he would not sign a bill to keep funding the government because it fails to provide billions for a border wall with Mexico, throwing Congress into deep disarray and risking a federal shutdown this weekend. …

Trump’s sudden rejection of the legislation, after days of mixed messages, sent Republican leaders scrambling for options back on Capitol Hill. …

By afternoon, Trump shifted his terminology, saying he’s not necessarily demanding a border wall but “steel slats” — which is similar to the border security fencing already provided for in the bill.

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“I give them a little bit of an out, ‘steel slats,‘” Trump said during a farm bill signing at the White House. “We don’t use the word ‘wall’ necessarily, but it has to be something special to do the job.”

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