Officials Say They Tried To Warn Trump Admin About Family Separation Fallout

Officials Say They Tried To Warn Trump Admin About Family Separation Fallout

Officials Say They Tried To Warn Trump Admin About Family Separation Fallout

As President Donald Trump renews his battle with Congress to fund his multi-billion-dollar border wall with Mexico, Democratic lawmakers and liberal groups in California have stepped up their campaigns to blacklist businesses involved in building the border wall.

"If we don't get border security, after many, many years of talk within the United States, I would have no problem doing a shutdown", Trump said during a news conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

Trump said at his news conference he didn't have a "red line" in the negotiations but just wanted 'great border security'. "President Trump should stay on the golf course and stay out of the appropriations process", said the spokesman, Drew Hammill.

But he did not address how much he wants for the wall this year when pressed twice by the media if he would insist on the full amount for the project, which the White House has at times put at up to $25 billion.

Trump's comments came after he threatened on Twitter over the weekend to shut down the government if he does not receive funding for his campaign-promised border wall from Congress. Trump said. "The Democrats want Open Borders".

"Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!" he tweeted.

The request for the investigation elevates yet another issue to the Trump administration's list of immigration headaches. The city mandates that all of its contractors file statements saying they have never and will never bid for border-wall-related work.

Trump has come under intense criticism for his zero-tolerance immigration policy, which prioritises prosecutions of people who enter the U.S. illegally. But he's stressing the need for border security and overhauling the nation's legal immigration system.

Trump returned to the idea after a meeting at the White House last week with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., where they were said to have agreed on the way forward on government funding for the budget year that starts October 1.

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With 5.6 million registered voters, the results of the presidential, parliamentary and local elections are expected by Aug 4. The press conference was aimed at "expressing his feelings on tomorrow's elections".

But Trump repeated his willingness to consider a shutdown, although he said there was room for negotiation. "I'll meet with anybody I believe in meeting", he said.

The majority Democratic San Diego City Council, in a 3 to 1 vote last week, directed city officials to draft an ordinance requiring contractors competing for city projects to disclose any past and present work, as well as planned bids, on parts of Trump's planned border wall.

The potential shutdown is creating anxieties among Republicans who are hoping to maintain control of Congress in the fall midterm elections.

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that funding for the wall would "probably" wait until after the midterm elections.

Both chambers will have a short window to approve a spending bill before government funding expires.

"I just wish Trump would realize, that of all secret weapons of our secret weapons of Donald Trump, if he'd build the wall, the media will go insane, it will distract over everything, and his poll numbers will go through the roof", she said.

Trump's "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting migrants entering the US without authorization, his separation of more than 2,500 children from their parents, and botched efforts to reunite many of them has drawn election-year criticism from both parties.

The $5 billion is well above the $1.6 billion in the Senate version of the bill, which would finance the Department of Homeland Security.

Last week, Republican leaders thought they had reached a deal with Trump to delay a confrontation on funding for the wall until after the November mid-term elections, according to a person familiar with their discussion. Trump said the two leaders agree that "border security is national security - they are one in the same".

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