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Former White House aide predicts showdown over border wall in December

03 August 2018

Trump would be taking a political risk if he allows most government functions to lapse on October 1 - the first day of the new budget year - roughly a month before the elections, when Republican control of both the House and Senate is at stake.

He doubled down on Monday during a joint-news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the White House. "We need border security". We're the laughing stock of the world.

The president is eager to stress immigration during the fall election -and his own 2020 effort - believing it will fire up his base. Republican leaders disagree, hoping they can avoid a high-profile display of dysfunction and focus their message on the GOP tax cuts and the strong economy.

Trump and his administration have been repeatedly criticized for separating immigrant families at the border.

"I think we should just keep proceeding and doing our work", Collins said.

They say they will wait until later to seek US$5 billion for the wall on the US-Mexico border.

McConnell told a radio interviewer last week that a shutdown so close to the November 6 midterm elections won't happen.

"As you can see here in Virginia Beach, we have more military than any congressional district in the nation", Taylor said. He added that money for the wall was "not a question of if, it's a question of when". Trump tweeted. "Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!"

It was the president's third shutdown threat in as many days. That would set up another fiscal showdown during a lame-duck session. Lawmakers are working toward a September 30 deadline to fund the government or risk shuttering agencies. It might not help him.

"We may have to do some pretty drastic things, but we're going to get it", Trump told an enthusiastic crowd at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, where he was stumping for Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Trump has gotten some wall money from Congress, and likely will get more, though the total is well short of the $25 billion he has requested.

"We have to end these terrible catch-and-release principles where you catch somebody, you take their name and you release them". And he wants to shift the US immigration system to one based more on individual merit and less on family ties. Democrats and some Republicans have objected to those proposals. Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), who chairs the committee that aims to elect Republicans to the House, expressed confidence that a shutdown won't occur on ABC's "This Week". The Senate will be on break the week starting August 6. They have the strength to derail legislation in the closely divided Senate. The Senate's version of the same homeland security bill would allocate only $1.6 billion.

Taylor is the latest Republican to publicly oppose Trump's threat. "I happen to think it's a great political thing, because people want border security", Trump said on the Rush Limbaugh radio program.

Former White House aide predicts showdown over border wall in December