After earlier indications from the White House that President Trump would sign a stopgap spending measure to keep the government funded through February 8, Trump once again reversed course and told House Republican this afternoon that he would not sign a bill that did not have $5 billion in funding for a wall at the border.
Trump stated earlier this month that he would be “proud” to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t force U.S. taxpayers to pay for the wall. But he appeared to cave on the matter this week, and the Senate last night passed a stopgap spending bill. This drew fury from Trump’s base and some harsh criticisms in right-wing media. Trump watched Fox News, felt the sting, and lashed out on Twitter. Now the president is back to his shutdown corner.
Funding for certain key agencies is slated to expire on tomorrow.
Trump clarified today that the funding could be for “steel slats.” In any case, Mexico is not going to pay for the wall as Trump once promised, but the president now appears to be hellbent on shutting down the government because Congress won’t pay for big, beautiful steel slats.
*UPDATE: The House, still in GOP control for now, passed a funding bill that includes Trump’s wall funding. That will be DOA in the Senate, so Trump appears likely to get his shutdown, if not his wall. *