Trump tweets: ‘Shutdown today’ if Senate fails to approve border wall funding

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report MORE on Friday sought to blame Democrats for the impending government shutdown, despite saying last week he would be “proud” to trigger a shutdown if border wall funding was not included in a year-end spending bill. 

“Shutdown today if Democrats do not vote for Border Security!” he tweeted.

 

The president fired off a series of warnings on Twitter as the Senate prepared to vote on a stopgap spending bill that includes more than $5 billion in wall funding, the amount the president initially requested. The House passed the measure on Thursday.

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In separate messages, Trump urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellConservatives wage assault on Mueller report Overnight Energy: Interior reverses decision at heart of Zinke criminal probe | Dem divisions deepen over approach to climate change | GM to add 400 workers to build electric cars Trump: Green New Deal 'the most preposterous thing' and 'easy to beat' MORE (R-Ky.) to fight “as hard as he fought for anything” to secure wall funding, including ending the legislative filibuster.

“Mitch, use the Nuclear Option and get it done! Our Country is counting on you!” he wrote.

 

The spending bill needs 60 votes to pass the Senate, which Republicans control by a 51-49 margin. Trump has repeatedly called on McConnell to end the filibuster, but the Senate leader has rejected the idea.

The president said, however, that if Senate Democrats block the measure as promised, it “will be a Democrat Shutdown!”

“The Democrats, whose votes we need in the Senate, will probably vote against Border Security and the Wall even though they know it is DESPERATELY NEEDED. If the Dems vote no, there will be a shutdown that will last for a very long time. People don’t want Open Borders and Crime!” he added.  

 

The president's latest comments come less than 24 hours before the deadline for Trump and Congress to agree to a spending deal to avert a government shutdown. 

Chances of a shutdown skyrocketed on Thursday when the president reneged on a Senate spending deal that would have funded the government through Feb. 8, but did not include wall money. Senate Democrats have already threatened to block the House's new spending bill over the wall funding.

Trump's threat suggests Congress could be at an impasse for days, if not weeks, over his demand for wall funding. The likelihood the president will get $5 billion will dramatically decrease after the new year, when Democrats take control of the House. 

Trump's message Friday stands in stark contrast to his tone in a contentious Oval Office meeting with Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi, Dems plot strategy after end of Mueller probe Coons after Russia probe: House Dems need to use power in 'focused and responsible way' Trump, Congress brace for Mueller findings MORE (D-Calif.) in which he said he would own any shutdown over border security. 

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security,” Trump told the Democratic leaders. “I will take the mantle. I will shut it down, I’m not going to blame you for it.”

Tal Axelrod contributed.

--Updated at 8:24 a.m.