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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values 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 McConnellGraham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Senate GOP eyes 'nuclear option' for Trump nominees next week Taiwan’s President Tsai should be invited to address Congress 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 SchumerProtecting our judiciary must be a priority in the 116th Congress Baldwin's Trump plays 'Deal or No Deal' with shutdown on 'Saturday Night Live' Sunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiElise Stefanik seeks to tackle GOP’s women ‘crisis’ ahead of 2020 Our legislators must commit to making children a priority Dreamer: Dems 'should absolutely not' take Trump's immigration deal 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.