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Trump couldn't get $5.7 billion for his wall, so he's now asking for $8.6 billion

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President Donald Trump will begin the week by setting up what will undoubtedly be a clash with Democrats in Congress. On Monday, the president will ask Congress for $8.6 billion in additional funding for his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border as part of his 2020 budget proposal. The proposal is almost certainly dead-on-arrival considering Trump had previously requested $5.7 billion to build a wall and the ensuing fight led to the longest government shutdown in history. When Trump didn’t get what he wanted, he declared a national emergency in order to be able to access the cash that had been denied by Congress. The new request will include $5 billion in funding for the department of Homeland Security and $3.6 billion for the Pentagon’s military construction budget.



Democratic leaders immediately made it clear that the request was a nonstarter. “President Trump hurt millions of Americans and caused widespread chaos when he recklessly shut down the government to try to get his expensive and ineffective wall,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer in a joint statement. “Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government. The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again. We hope he learned his lesson.”


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Trump must be really convinced that this is a winning issue for him, but I don't think there's any evidence to support that. He turned the 2018 elections into a referendum on the wall, and suffered significant losses. It polls poorly. He shutdown the government and didn't get a dime. It's political nonsense to keep after this, but he just doesn't have anything else. He has no real policies he's interested in, no agenda to pursue, only the wall. 

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