Rift On Border Wall: Trump Vows ‘Very Long’ Govt Shutdown In Recent Tweets

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Monitoring Report: US President Donald Trump has warned a “very long” state shutdown if Democrats do not finance his long-promised border wall along with Mexico.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Mr Trump demanded $5bn (£4bn), which was approved by the House but is expected to fail in the Senate.

“Shutdown today if Democrats do not vote for Border Security!” he tweeted.

If no deal is reached, parts of the US government will begin to close at midnight on Friday.

The partial shutdown would be the third such closure of federal agencies in 2018.

If it occurs, it may not be settled until after the New Year, when Democrats take control of the House of Representatives.

The Republican president has meanwhile irked members of his own party in the Senate by ordering a US troop withdrawal from Syria.

In early morning tweets on Friday, Mr Trump accused Democrats of “trying to belittle the concept of a Wall, calling it old fashioned”.

“The fact is there is nothing else’s that will work, and that has been true for thousands of years. It’s like the wheel, there is nothing better,” Mr Trump wrote.

“In Israel the Wall is 99.9% successful,” he added. “Will not be any different on our Southern Border!”

“If the Dems vote no, there will be a shutdown that will last for a very long time. People don’t want Open Borders and Crime!”

Mr Trump – who will postpone his holiday in Florida in the event of a shutdown, aides say – urged Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to invoke the so-called “nuclear option”.

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