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WashPost: Trump Risks Government Shutdown Over Mexico Border Wall

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By    |   Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 08:40 AM

The Washington Post slammed President Donald Trump for continuing to seek money in a federal spending package to start building his proposed wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.

The spending package must be approved no later than Friday to avoid a government shutdown.

"No responsible leader would use the possible shutdown of the federal government as a political cudgel," the Post said in an editorial.

"The last time a budget impasse produced a partial shutdown, a 16-day version in 2013, some 850,000 federal employees were put through a wrenching furlough and access to national parks and the Smithsonian was curtailed, with serious consequences for tourism across the country. All told, the economy lost $24 billion, according to an analysis by Standard & Poor's."

The newspaper added: "Mr. Trump's first priority must be to avoid repeating or doubling down on that debacle."

And it noted all this comes after he told Associated Press reporter Julie Pace what he's learned about the presidency in his first 100 days.

"So you know, I really just see the bigness of it all, but also the responsibility," Trump told Pace. "And the human responsibility. You know, the human life that's involved in some of the decisions."

But the Post said that even as Trump spoke he was making it difficult on Congress to pass a spending package.

"Specifically, he had injected a demand for an appropriation for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, implying that, if he did not get the money, the government might have to shut," the paper said.

"A leader truly concerned for "the human life that's involved in some of these decisions" would not risk a repeat of the 2013 mess, especially at a time when top negotiators for his own Republican Party in Congress seemed on their way to an agreement with Democrats that would avoid it."

The Post said, despite backing from Trump's base, the proposed wall is "otherwise unpopular."

"A physical barrier along the entire southern border would be a colossal waste of money and a terrible symbol of American attitudes," the newspaper said.

"That would be true even if, as he repeatedly promised during the campaign, Mexico would foot the bill. And it won't."

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