Donald Trump’s promise to build a wall along the Mexican border was the signature promise of his campaign.
But will Republicans in Congress act to fulfill his pledge?
Trump just got some very bad news on that subject.
Republican leaders are working to pass a government funding bill before the April 28th deadline.
Democrats have dug in their heels and said they will not support any funding bill that contains money for the wall.
And GOP leadership is caving into their demand.
The Hill reports:
“Democrats are winning the war over the wall.
Despite President Trump’s request for more than $1 billion to fund the Mexican border wall this year, GOP leaders are expected to exclude the money in the spending bill being prepared to keep the government open beyond April 28.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says the choice is pragmatic and the money will come later.
But the issue has become a political thorn in the side of GOP leaders who are facing push-back from Republicans voicing concerns over the diplomatic fallout, the disruption to local communities and the enormous cost of the project, estimated to be anywhere from $22 billion to $40 billion.
With Democrats united against new wall funding, it’s unlikely the Republicans have the votes to get it through and prevent a government shutdown.”
Establishment Republicans have long opposed the wall.
Pro-open borders politicians like John McCain, Marco Rubio, and Lindsey Graham have all criticized Trump’s proposal.
Rubio recently blasted the idea that Mexico would pay for the wall.
CNS News reports:
“Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous” on Sunday that Mexico will not pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border like President Donald Trump promised, and if the U.S. thinks a wall is in their national interests, we should pay for it.
“Well, we met with the foreign minister as well, and it did come up in our meeting, and let me just say, Mexico’s not going to pay for the wall. And, by the way, America should, if we believe that’s in our national interests to do so,” Rubio said.”
John McCain even took the time to claim that the wall would increase anti-American sentiment in Mexico.
“Establishment Republicans in the Senate, like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), are also teaming with Democrats to stop the border wall, with McCain worrying more about the sentiment that Mexicans have towards America.
“There is a lot of anti-American sentiment in Mexico,” McCain said during a Senate hearing with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly. “If the election were tomorrow in Mexico, you’d probably have a left-wing, anti-American president in Mexico. That can’t be good for America.”
The political establishment in Washington is still fighting Trump’s “America First” agenda.
They refuse to accept that his agenda is what the American people voted for.