Former Missouri senator says Trump is not a Republican in op-ed

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Pelosi was reacting to President Donald Trump's declaration at a rally in Phoenix, Ariz., that he might force a shutdown of the government if Congress does not approve money to fund the start of construction of the wall he has promised to build.

President Trump on Friday continued his call for Senate Republicans to eliminate the filibuster rule, which allows the opposing party to block legislation from moving forward without 60 votes.

A poll in April, after Trump made similar noise about a government shutdown, found that nearly two-thirds of voters agreed that funding a Mexican border wall was "not important enough to prompt a shutdown".

"On funding the government, Republicans in Congress will get no benefit from a shutdown fight over building a border wall".

Wall funding on a continuing resolution, this senior Democratic leadership aide said, was a "non-starter".

The House has already passed a spending bill with funding for the wall.

President Trump is certainly free to negotiate whichever way he wants to, but threatening a government shutdown to score a desperate political "win" shouldn't be one of those ways.

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The White House didn't walk back the president's shutdown comments, instead reiterating Trump's commitment to building a border wall. In Trump's view, it makes him look like a strong leader who is willing to stand up against a weak Congress.

Trump critics have criticized him for using divisive language during his campaign and during his presidency.

Donald Trump is on a collision course with his own party. It can pass a short-term spending bill that funds the government through December to provide more time to come to an agreement. McConnell's agenda does not include it. Trump's boondoggle is not a priority for the Senate Majority Leader, and not just because it's a ridiculous vanity project that would be utterly ineffective and the costs of which would be ludicrous.

"We're looking forward to working with Congress to get funding for the border wall", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters August 23. While many government functions continued, such as air traffic control and the military, much of the federal workforce was sent home, slowing the economy, stymying markets and frustrating millions of Americans. Duffy told Fox News Channel this afternoon that a government shutdown is to be avoided at all costs because it "takes our eye off" other problems.

Despite the overall unpopularity of a border wall, it's still red meat for Republicans, with nearly three in four supporting the idea.

In a statement Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump and McConnell "remain united" on many issues and will meet after Congress returns to Washington in September. A lot of them were for two or three days; monthlong shutdowns in 1996 and 2013 saw up to 800,000 federal employees furloughed, closed national parks and museums and delayed payments of some military and veterans benefits. This year, their chief demand: Not a dime for Trump's border wall.

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