DONALD Trump has unveiled a steel, spiked design for his long mooted Mexico border wall. The President called it “effective” and “
DONALD Trump has unveiled a steel, spiked design for his long mooted Mexico border wall.
The President called it “effective” and “beautiful” as he revealed the plan on Twitter last night.
It came hours after he effectively shut down US government in retaliation for congress refusing to budget for the infamous wall.
White House negotiators left Washington on Friday having failed to agree a spending deal, with Trump demanding billions of dollars for the fence.
He promised a “very long” shutdown from midnight if the Senate did not agree the £4.5bn ($5.7bn) he is demanding.
“I hope we don’t but we are totally prepared for a very long shutdown,” he said during a White House event.
In the likelihood that the Democrats do not agree the funding – Trump says he will force the partial shut down.
This will see all national parks and forests closed.
However federal programmes will still function, as will the military, border patrol, coast guard, federal judiciary, air traffic control and airport security.
The US Postal Service will not be affected by the government shutdown as it’s an independent agency.
Federal workers who are deemed “essential” will also remain on the job, but will not receive a pay cheque directly before the Christmas holiday.
Nine federal departments will be shut down along with the government: Department of the Treasury, Agriculture, Homeland Security Department, Department of the Interior, Department of State, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Commerce and the Department of Justice.
A design of our Steel Slat Barrier which is totally effective while at the same time beautiful!
Trump tried to bait the Democrats into supporting him, tweeting: “Cancelled my trip on Air Force One to Florida while we wait to see if the Democrats will help us to protect America’s Southern Border.”
He also posted a video saying: “We don’t want people coming in who are not supposed to be here.”
Trump said “a wall, a slat fence” or a “great barrier” was needed, and urged the Democrats to be “bipartisan and get this done.”
The President also posted a crude drawing of the wall, featuring pointed spear-like tops and a security van patrolling the base.
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He wrote: “A design of our Steel Slat Barrier which is totally effective while at the same time beautiful!”
Yesterday, we revealed that thousands of pounds had been pledged to buy “ladders to get over Trump’s wall” to help migrants trying to cross from Mexico into the US.
The tongue-in-cheek campaign was set up in response to an alternative fundraiser, which is trying to raise US $1billion to pay for construction of the border barrier.
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