The recent US government shutdown could be repeated by the end of this week.
Many US government employees would again see their paycheques withheld. And markets across the globe could take a hit over the uncertainty these kinds of impasses create.
But US President Donald Trump appears ready to do so to ensure security along the US southern border.
Though the White House says Trump may yet back an agreement that doesn’t involve any kind of government shutdown…because it still gives him the wall he is after.
The tentative deal at a glance
On the surface, it doesn’t look like something Trump would be happy with.
The tentative deal has allocated nearly US$1.4 billion to US–Mexican border security, which is far less than the US$5.7 billion Trump was after for the wall.
On top of that, the deal also includes funding for several government agencies including the Department of Homeland Security through to 30 September. Current temporary funding for nearly a quarter of the government is set to expire at the end of this week.
It’s certainly far less than the president was after, and he said as much in a White House cabinet meeting:
‘I can’t say I’m happy, I can’t say I’m thrilled.’
And according to RAW, at a rally in Texas on Monday night, Trump made it clear he would not drop his quest for a wall.
Which is why Trump seems to be thinking about taking what he can get, saying that the ‘Wall’s getting built anyway’ and that he could find additional funding from ‘far less important areas’.
Which is exactly what he appears to have done.
Trump finds US$23 billion for the wall?
A White House official said on behalf of the President that ‘No decision has been made’. But a recent tweet from Trump points to the contrary:
‘Was just presented the concept and parameters of the Border Security Deal by hard working Senator Richard Shelby. Looking over all aspects knowing that this will be hooked up with lots of money from other sources….
‘….Will be getting almost $23 BILLION for Border Security. Regardless of Wall money, it is being built as we speak!’
Such claims are yet to be confirmed, but as one who detests fake news so much, it doesn’t seem likely Trump has completely fabricated this comment out of thin air.
Of course, according to RAW, the tentative deal still requires congressional staff experts to write formal legislation, that fills in details not yet outlined by the broad statements made on Monday.
The legislation would need to be passed in the Democratic-led House and Republican-controlled Senate and signed by Trump to become official.
So we are yet to know for sure what will happen.
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