Donald Trump’s signature campaign promise was building a wall along the Southern border.
Establishment Republicans like Paul Ryan who favor open borders have dragged their heels on the funding.
Now Ryan has declared war on Trump’s latest strategy to get the wall built.
During a rally in Phoenix, Trump declared he would shut the government down to force Congress to fund construction of a border wall.
Trump: "If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall." (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/RkWKUAdE97
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 23, 2017
Republican elites recoiled in horror.
Not only do they want to fund the government, they don’t want any part of the wall.
Globalist Republicans like Paul Ryan insist on open borders and an endless flow of cheap foreign labor.
They are working on behalf of big business that uses immigrants – both illegal and legal – to drive down the wages of American born workers to increase their bottom line.
So, Ryan blasted Trump’s strategy and declared there would be no government shutdown in September when Congress must pass a new government funding bill.
The Hill reported:
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that a government shutdown over President Trump’s border wall wasn’t necessary, instead asking the president to give Congress more time to fund the wall through regular order.
Ryan’s remark that “no one” wants a government shutdown came after Trump said Tuesday night that he would veto a must-pass government funding bill if it didn’t include money for his promised wall along the southern border.
Ryan responded to Trump’s veto promise during a press conference in Hillsboro, Ore., saying that Congress needed more time to complete the formal appropriations process to fund the border wall. Congress has passed legislation to fund border security improvements, including parts of the wall, but hasn’t allocated the full funding Trump’s request needs for the wall.
“There are very legitimate problems and concerns on the border that need to be addressed,” Ryan said, but “we’re going to need more time to complete our appropriations process, especially in the Senate.”
Since funding bills require 60 votes in the Senate to pass that means eight Democrats must vote for a bill that includes money for the wall.
The best leverage point the GOP has to force them to accept the wall is the threat of a government shutdown.
Ryan wants to kick the can down the road with vague promises to fight another day.
But conservatives have heard that all before.
It never works out.
Trump is doing the right thing by threatening a shutdown over the wall.
This is the best chance to fulfill his signature campaign promise.
So, why is Paul Ryan going to war with Trump and other conservatives?