Donald Trump has given Republicans a fresh electoral headache by reiterating his threat to shut down the USA government if Congress fails to provide extra money for border security.
Former White House legislative affairs director Marc Short predicted Tuesday that there will be a showdown at the end of the year over funding for President Donald Trump's wall he wants built at the U.S. -Mexico border.
He continued, "Border Security is National Security, and National Security is the long-term viability of our Country". Lawmakers are working toward a September 30 deadline to fund the government or risk shuttering agencies.
He acknowledged some Republicans would "rather do it after" the election, referring to a fight over funding for his proposed southern border wall and several immigration policy measures such as ending the diversity immigrant visa lottery and the family-based immigration. Trump pointed to low unemployment and said he expects to have the vote of anyone with a growing retirement account. He reiterated the threat in person on Monday, although he said he would "leave room for negotiation". "But this has been many years".
"I happen to think it's a great political thing, because people want great border security", Trump told conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.
"We are doing a phenomenal job, we are setting records, but we have laws that don't work so we are working around those laws and it's unfortunate. It's mind boggling to me that anybody would say, 'well, we're going to shut down the government if I don't get my way".
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As they stood side by side on the podium, Trump praised the prime minister for taking a "firm stance on the border".
"Our immigration system is completely broken".
Short also said he believes Trump is being honest about a showdown with Democrats over government funding and Trump's proposed border wall.
"We're the laughing stock of the world", the president said. He added that money for the wall was "not a question of if, it's a question of when".
On Monday, Short told CNN's Wolf Blitzer he believed there would not be a government shutdown ahead of the midterm elections. He said the border funding issue in particular would probably have to wait until after the elections.
During Monday's press conference, the USA president also offered a surprise olive branch to Iran despite recent provocations, saying that he is willing to meet President Hassan Rouhani without preconditions.
"I agree that we have to protect the borders and above all, his [Trump's] border so that neither weapons nor cash come into Mexico", Navarrete Prida said. "I don't know if they are ready yet. And good for the world".