Trump To Have Showdown In September With Congress Over Border
While Sarah Huckabee Sanders held down the fort at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Trump instead threatened to “shut down the country” while embracing “unreal” love and enthusiasm at a campaign rally in Washington Township, Michigan.
Speaking at the rally, Trump hit on many topics including the need to fund the border wall. Funding for the current bill will only last until September of this year, and Trump is threatening to call for a “government shutdown” if Congress does not agree to spend resources on protecting the nation.
“We have to have border and we have to have them fast and we need security, we need the wall.” That wall has started. We got $1.6 billion. We come up again on September 28th and if we don’t get border security, we’ll have no choice. We’ll close down the country. Because we need border security.”
Trump is still a superb toastmaster at these rallies. He was the first Republican since George HW Bush in 1988 to win the state of Michigan. During his 80 minute speech, he also touched on the successes of the current Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee Ronna Romney McDaniel, who was formerly a chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party.
“When we needed some at the RNC, I said get that woman from Michigan.”
The audience loved it, and Trump reciprocated by saying:
“I love this state and I love the people of this state. I was invited to another event tonight, but I’d much rather be in Washington, Michigan than Washington DC.”
We VS Congress
When talking about the threat of a government shutdown, Trump is always very natural in referring to the money from Congress as a “we” versus “them” situation, despite the fact that every single cent budgeted by Congress came from American taxpayers, and every single nice thing owned by Congressmen was funded by a salary paid for by taxpayers.
The current funding for the wall, the $1.6 billion mentioned by Trump was part of a massive spending bill passed in March of this year. The bill covers discretionary spending and committed to fully funding Planned Parenthood but refused to fully fund Trump’s long promised border wall. In total, the spending bill is priced at $1.3 trillion and covers defense and nondefense spending.
Trump Skips Correspondents’ Dinner
Last night, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sat in for Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The annual event has been purposefully skipped by Trump in the last two years. The event, which started out with hosts and performers including Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope has turned into a liberal infestation in the last few decades with hosts including Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien and Jon Stewart.
This year the hosting duties was handed to Michelle Wolf, a no-name comedian from The Daily Show who recently signed a deal for a Netflix series. During her 20 minute ‘roast,’ she touched on to topics ranging from the personal appearance of Sarah Sanders and the kind of orgasms enjoyed by various journalists in the audience. In all, as Sean Spicer put it, the show was a “disgrace.”
“President Trump isn’t here… I would drag him here myself, but it turns out the president of the United States is the one p***y you’re not allowed to grab.”
Later, Trump used Twitter to say that Michelle Wolf’s performance ‘bombed.’
The campaign rally took place at the Total Sports Park in the town of Washington, located in Washington Township in Michigan, just north of Detroit. The township has a total population of just over 25,000 people.
Current Progress on the Wall… not Enough
Since descending the escalator in June of 2015, Trump has been buoyed by one major talking point: The need for cutting back on immigration and for the construction of a great big beautiful border wall down south. This time last year, Hungary was just finishing their own border wall to keep out the migrants flooding Europe, and in the last few weeks we have been covering clashes on the Israeli border wall separating themselves from Gaza. The Israelis have been finding great success with their troops and the wall. Right now, the border wall separating the States from Mexico is only slowly being created and $1.6 billion is not enough for much construction. But, while Trump has recently toured the eight prototypes of a possible full scale wall, there has not been enough progress to please Ann Coulter, the woman who gave Trump many of his original talking points about border security.
Sources: CNN, The Hill, USA Today