President Trump, during a press conference, said he would be “willing” to enforce a government shutdown if there isn’t “proper border security.” He added that for him there is no “red line,” and he is up for negotiation.
The president was asked, “[A]re you saying that you would be willing to shut the government down in September if it does not fully fund $25 billion worth of your border wall and also deliver all of the immigration priorities that you listed in your tweet, or are you leaving some room for negotiation there?”
Trump replied, “I’ll always leave room for negotiation.”
“We need border security. Border security includes the wall, but it includes many other things. … I would certainly be willing to close it down to get it done. As you know, we are already approving things in various bills, including, we’re going to be taking care of the military. We always put the military and law enforcement very high. But I would be certainly willing to consider a shutdown if we don’t get proper border security.”
Later he was asked, “Is the $25 billion a red line for you?”
Trump replied, “I have no red line, unlike President Obama. I just want great border security.”