Border Wall Showdown: Team Trump Threatens Government Shut Down Over ‘Beautiful’ Wall

Monday, April 24, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Apr 24, 2017

President Trump and Congress have until this Saturday to strike a budget deal or face a government shut down. Not surprisingly, Trump decided to kick off what will undoubtedly be a week of tense negotiations with some opening shots across the bow via Twitter:

Throughout his campaign Trump touted several policies which would require massive increases in government spending including his infrastructure plan, new military funding and the border wall. That said, at least in this round of Congressional bickering, it looks like the border wall will be key issue which could leave 1,000s of federal government employees with a little extra paid vacation time in 2017.

As negotiations continue, the White House says it has offered to include $7 billion in Obamacare subsidies that allow low-income people to pay for health insurance in exchange for Democratic backing for $1.5 billion in funding to start construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. Congressional negotiators have also offered to cut back Trump’s proposed $30 billion increase in defense spending.

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