US. President Donald Trump talks when attending the USMCA signing ceremony before the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November…
US. President Donald Trump talks when attending the USMCA signing ceremony before the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 30, 2018. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump told reporters aboard the Air Force One on Saturday, he expects to approve a two-week extension of funding before a December 7 deadline to fully fund the US government due to the death of former President George HW Bush.
The prospects for a partial state shutdown have threatened in recent days after Trump last week renewed its demand for significant US taxpayers funding its proposed US-Mexico border.
Trump said Saturday’s congressional leader has sought the short-term extension and he said he would “definitely consider it and probably give it.”
Bush died on Friday. His funeral is scheduled for Wednesday in Washington, which means that an agreement can not be reached before the deadline, Congress members said on Saturday before Trump’s remarks.
This week, Trump Politico told him he would “completely be willing” to close the federal government unless Congress approved $ 5 billion to finance its long-term wall along the US border with Mexico.
Trump has not followed previous threats to closing government over wall financing, a signature lawsuit about its 201
6 election campaign.
Without an extension, Congress must send a cost statement before Friday to hold any government agencies financed, including the Hometown Department, as Police Frontier and Immigration, as well as the Departments for Transport, Agriculture, Trade, Justice, State, Treasury and Housing and Urban Development.
Reporting by Roberta Rampton aboard the Air Force One; reporting and writing by David Shepardson in Washington; Editing Darren Schuettler
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