And unlike any politician in my adult lifetime, Trump actually manages to follow through on his major campaign promises.
I might be mis-remembering, but I thought one of Trump's major campaign promises was the he would force the Mexican Government to pay for the wall.
You are right. Mexico is not paying for the wall, but we did get some major concessions. Like this one below.https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/20/us/p ... rants.html
One of the biggest immigration scams are illegals claiming refugee status and then let free in the US and never returning for their asylum court cases. Now they have to wait in Mexico for their court cases to be heard. That is a really big deal. I think we got Mexico to do this because we just gave them several billion to secure their southern border from Central America.
I think he also ran on the populist Reagan line, that "Government *IS* the problem."
But now he is threatening a Government shutdown, unless the U.S. Government pays for the wall.
Technically, it is the Senate Democrats threatening to shut down the government over a measly $5 Billion on the wall. The funding passed the House and Trump will sign it. We just need the Senate to pass it. But the minority power Democrats have enough votes to block it. So they are the ones playing politics with the shut down.
Why didn't the Republican Congress authorise this expenditure Foota?
There are alot of Chamber of Commerce Republicans who are still backwards on immigration. That said, Republicans passed some expenditures for border security, but Republicans still didn't have the 60 votes in the Senate to get it done with Democrats blocking it.
Most Republicans would run and shriek at the notion of a shut down over Christmas. But Trump is crazy enough to stare them down. We'll see where it goes.