Donald Trump‘s key campaign pledge to build a wall on the US border with Mexico could lead to an American government shut down, senior US officials have claimed.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told CNN that Mr Trump will “be insistent on the funding” of the wall, which is estimated to cost around $22bn (£17bn)
“It goes without saying that the President has been pretty straight forward about his desire and the need for a border wall so I would suspect – he’ll do the right thing for sure – but I will suspect he will be insistent on the funding,” he said.
If Congress does not send Mr Trump a government funding bill by midnight on Friday, the US Government would run out of money and would be forced to shut down.
During Bill Clinton’s administration, there were two full government shutdowns during 1995 and 1996 as politicians squabbled over the US budget deficit.
There was also a federal shutdown under Barack Obama as Republicans tried to delay and defund the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare from signed into law.
Mr Trump has requested $1.4bn (£1.09bn) to start the construction of the wall.
But Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, told Fox News that…
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