President Donald Trump threatened to shut down the U.S. government if Congress does not approve taxpayer money to build a border wall, which Trump promised numerous times that Mexico would build:
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! We need great people coming into our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
During an appearance on MSNBC, Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California reminded the country of Trump’s false promises about forcing Mexico to build the wall:
You know, this president is a bully and he will try to intimidate all of us. He is not going to shut down anything. As a matter of fact, people will remember that he said he was going to build this wall and he was going to make Mexico pay for the wall. They said they weren’t going to pay for anything. Now he wants the American citizens to pay for this.
Waters also slammed Donald Trump Jr. for claiming his dad did not know about his infamous meeting with Russians in 2016 at Trump Tower:
When you couple that with the fact that his son has lied, he has lied about that meeting that took place at the tower, at the Trump Tower, all of that is going to help, you know, obscure the message that he is trying to bring on the economy.
This president is wreaking havoc on this country. And so while there is some improvement in the economy, we have all of this other mess that we have to take a look at and what is, you know, in the forefront of what is being talked about in the media…
I think he’s going to have to answer some real questions about the fact that he lied — that he knew that the meeting [at Trump Tower] was going to take place. All of the planning that had to go into that meeting by his son [Donald Trump Jr.]. And the fact that he talks with his daddy every day.