Trump threatens government shutdown over border security

Trump threatens government shutdown over border security
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE warned on Sunday that he would be willing to “shut down” the government over border security.

“I would be willing to 'shut down' government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!” he said in a morning tweet.

“We need great people coming into our Country!” he added.

The president in an earlier tweet on Sunday morning said "many" border crossers are using children for "sinister purposes." He also blasted existing U.S. immigration laws and urged followers to vote for Republicans.

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"Please understand, there are consequences when people cross our Border illegally, whether they have children or not - and many are just using children for their own sinister purposes. Congress must act on fixing the DUMBEST & WORST immigration laws anywhere in the world! Vote 'R,' " he said.

The tweets come amid backlash to the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which led to the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents at the southern border.

A court had ordered the government to reunite the families by last Thursday, but hundreds of children remain apart from their parents.

A Department of Homeland Security spokesman said "good faith" efforts to reunite all families will continue.

The president has frequently criticized U.S. immigration laws as he cracks down on illegal immigration and called on Congress to act.

Rep. Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversWaters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing plans Financial sector's work on SAFE Banking Act shows together, everyone achieves more GOP ratchets up 2020 attacks as impeachment storm grows MORE (R-Ohio), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said after the president’s tweet that he doesn’t think “we’re going to shut down the government."

“I think we’re going to make sure we keep the government open, but we’re going to get better policies on immigration,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “The president wants us to have policies that work for America and work for Americans, and I think that’s what we are going to move forward with.”

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonDemocrats seek leverage for trial Overnight Defense: House passes compromise defense bill | Turkey sanctions advance in Senate over Trump objections | Top general says military won't be 'raping, burning and pillaging' after Trump pardons Senate panel advances Turkey sanctions bill despite Trump objections MORE (R-Wis.), meanwhile, said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that he doesn't "like playing shutdown politics."

"I don’t think it’d be helpful, so let’s try and avoid it," Johnson said.

Trump reportedly threatened during a meeting with GOP senators and White House officials in June to shut down the government over full funding for his border wall.

The federal government last shut down for three days in January as a temporary spending bill stalled in Congress.

— This report was last updated at 12:46 p.m.