President Trump on Thursday criticized leaders of his own party along with Democrats for not including funding for the promised border wall in their spending bills.
“I want to know, where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill, and where will it come from after the Midterms?” he tweeted. ‘Dems are obstructing Law Enforcement and Border Security. REPUBLICANS MUST FINALLY GET TOUGH!’
Trump also tweeted that the border can’t be secured “because of the Democrats historic level of Obstruction.”
Trump, earlier this month, said he might use the Army Corps of Engineers to complete the wall.
On Tuesday, the Senate approved a stopgap bill keeping the government open through Dec. 7 that funds the military and some civilian agencies for the next year but does not fund the wall. The House is expected to approve the bill next week ahead of the Sept. 30 deadline for shutting down the government.
Congress is considering separate spending bills to fund the wall, and Republican leaders have said they prefer to resolve the issue after the Nov. 6 elections, the Associated Press reported.
In his tweets Thursday, Trump cited an opinion column by Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga. — one of seven senators to oppose the stopgap bill — blaming Democrats for the failure to fund the wall.
Perdue said the stopgap bill amounts to Republicans “caving to Senate Democrats who are doing everything they can to derail President Trump’s agenda, including funding for border security and the wall.”
Perdue was one of seven senators who opposed the stopgap bill approved by the Senate. The House is expected to approve the bill next week, days ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline for a government shutdown.
While Trump is seeking $5 billion for the wall next year, a bill being considered in the Senate allocates only $1.6 billion.
A House committee approved a bill that includes $5 billion for physical barriers and associated technology along the border with Mexico.