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May 22, 2019

President Trump demands Democratic support for border wall in long-shot post-Thanksgiving message

November 23, 2018
President Trump talks on the phone from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., on Thanskgiving. (Susan Walsh / AP)

Dream on.

President Trump demanded Friday that Congress earmarks billions of taxpayer dollars for his long-promised border wall with Mexico — even though the newly-elected Democratic majority in the House will all but certainly refuse such a proposal.

“Republicans and Democrats MUST come together, finally, with a major Border Security package, which will include funding for the Wall,” Trump tweeted from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. “After 40 years of talk, it is finally time for action. Fix the Border, for once and for all, W!”

The President has in recent weeks toyed with the idea of shutting down the government if Congress doesn’t allocate funding for the wall by Dec. 7, when several federal agencies run out of cash.

“Could there be a shutdown? There certainly could, and it will be about border security, in which the wall is a part,” Trump told reporters on Thanksgiving.

Trump’s latest border wall demand contrasts his more partisan pre-midterm election push for Republicans to “stop wasting their time” by trying to work with Democrats on immigration and border-related issues.

This story will be updated

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