Horror author Stephen King on Wednesday tore into President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE about his request for funding a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
King, a frequent Trump critic, called on the president to “do something good for once,” and suggested that he use the $5 billion requested for the wall to feed at-risk children or provide medical care for veterans.
“F--- your wall,” King tweeted. “Split that 5 billion between at-risk children who don’t have lunches and vets who can’t get proper medical and psychological treatment.”
“F--- your vanity project. Do something good for once.”
Fuck your wall. Split that 5 billion between at-risk children who don’t have lunches and vets who can’t get proper medical and psychological treatment. Fuck your vanity project. Do something good for once.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 12, 2018
Trump is engaged in a battle with Democratic congressional leadership over whether upcoming government spending legislation will include $5 billion that he is demanding to build the wall.
Democrats have said they will not support any bill that contains more than the previously agreed-upon $1.6 billion for border security.
The negotiations escalated Tuesday in a face-off in the Oval Office between Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLouisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in McConnell signals Senate GOP will oppose combined debt ceiling-funding bill MORE (D-N.Y.).
During the sit-down, Trump repeatedly threatened a partial government shutdown if he does not get the requested funding. Congress has until Dec. 21 to pass legislation and avert a shutdown.