The interior secretary argued that the United States has to see gun possession as a border security issue rather than through the prism of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, contending that if that doesn't occur "it's going to be very hard for us to be able to contain the phenomenon of rising crime in a coordinated way". "Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!" "And I say hey, if you have a shutdown, you have a shutdown".
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.
He added that he asked for the United States' support to stop the illegal flow of weapons into Mexico during a meeting in Washington D.C. Monday with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Trump's speech - particularly the first half - largely stuck to an economic message that the White House hopes will help Republicans maintain control of the House in the November midterm elections. Republicans said they're still intent on boosting money for Mr. Trump's wall, but their top goal is getting the government funded.
"I happen to think it's a great political thing, because people want great border security", Trump told conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.
"I would be willing to "shut down" government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall!" He said the border funding issue in particular would probably have to wait until after the elections.
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That resulted in a leak of toxic hypergolic propellant, but no damage to the hardware and no injuries to the test team, he said. No launch date has been set for NASA's satellite fix demonstration, but the mission is expected to happen between 2020 and 2022.
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The ambassador added a good starting point would be a North Korea list of nuclear facilities. In July, he revealed the full contents of another letter from Kim on Twitter.
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Kim handed over more than 55 boxes carrying remains of United States soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War on Friday . North Korea has carried out a total of six nuclear tests, the most recent of which took place in September a year ago .
Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said there's been more progress on spending legislation at this point in the process than in years and said Trump "seemed to be on board" in a previous conversation about the committee's progress.
Trump has gotten some wall money from Congress, and likely will get more, though the total is short of the $25 billion he has requested. "Democrats or Republicans. No one wins". The Senate will be on break the week starting August 6.
The threats buck an agreement on spending bills Mr. Trump struck last week with GOP leaders.
McConnell and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) have laid out a strategy to fund more than half of federal agencies by September 30, punting some of the more contentious fights - such as money for Trump's long-sought U.S. -Mexico border wall - to after the elections.
The $5 billion is well above the $1.6 billion in the Senate version of a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security. On Sunday, Trump initially tweeted his threat, days after he met with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to discuss the looming deadline.