Trump slams GOP leaders on border wall, debt limit, health bill

Posted August 27, 2017

"There hasn't been a more divisive person in national politics since George Wallace", he wrote. It makes no sense. In July, a leaked transcript of a January phone call between Trump and Mexico's president, Enrique Pena Nieto, showed that Trump recognized he had painted himself into a corner over the wall's funding, as he implored Pena Nieto to stop saying publicly that Mexico won't pay for it.

And/but: Trump seems to be spoiling for a fight with Republicans in Congress and appears to have settled on playing a game of chicken with Ryan and McConnell on shutting down the government if money for his border wall isn't provided. He must, therefore, work tirelessly to achieve these aims, and Republicans must, therefore, assist him in doing so. At some point, he must accomplish something concrete for the American people.

In the grand scheme of things, the cost of Trump's wall is easily within America's reach.

What happened to Mexico paying for the wall? If they provoke Trump in any way to make him angry at them, that sows more division and hurts the Republican Party in 2018. They already know that we are trying with renewed vigor to close our borders to illegal immigrants and illegal drugs. They even repeat Democratic lies in defense of capitulating. Andrew speculates that in attacking his own party, Trump could sabotage Republicans' 2018 chances - and having a Democratic majority in Congress would surely make things way more hard for the president. In other words, right up Trump's alley. Diane Black, R-Tenn., chairwoman of the House Budget Committee, and Tom Cole, R-Okla., a confidant of the House's Republican leadership.

Democrats are uniformly opposed to Trump's wall and say the responsibility for a shutdown would rest exclusively with Republicans.

Building the wall isn't about controlling illegal immigration; there are more effective and cheaper means to do so. But privately, McConnell is said to be furious at Trump's war on his own party, especially his attacks on politically vulnerable Senate Republicans.

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Top Democrats meanwhile urged Republican leaders to act responsibly and commit to avoiding a government default. Republicans just have to be willing to use it. He also promised that Mexico would pay for the wall, but Mexico has steadfastly refused and Trump has largely stopped talking about that pledge. He will be pummeled either way. Therefore, Republicans should stand with the President.

Democratic leaders responded swiftly Wednesday morning making it clear that the inclusion of wall funding in a bill to keep the government open would be enough for them to vote no.

President Donald Trump tried to blame Democrats for any problems holding up approval of a new debt limit. Indeed, a united front might cause the Democrats to cave, and obviate the need for a shutdown. Whether that legislative strategy would have worked can not be known. The tension began when McConnell criticized the president for having "excessive expectations" about the legislative process, after Congress failed to deliver the votes on a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare ahead of their August recess.

When asked about whether Republicans would hold strong on the wall, Ryan's office told HuffPost that Ryan will hold a press conference later in the day about tax reform.

FreedomWorks is also circulating a memo warning that other White House priorities could be threatened.