Trump again threatens govt ‘shutdown’ over border wall funds

In this March 13, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a tour as he reviews border wall prototypes in San Diego. (AP)
Updated 29 July 2018

Trump again threatens govt ‘shutdown’ over border wall funds

  • “I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security," Trump tweeted
  • He called for an end to the visa lottery system, which provides visas for 50,000 immigrants a year

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said Sunday that he was prepared to “shut down” the government if Democrats fail to support his demand for more spending on border security, including a wall on the Mexican border.
“I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall!” he tweeted.
He called for an end to the visa lottery system, which provides visas for 50,000 immigrants a year but which Trump maintains is “riddled with abuse.”
He also urged an end to what he calls the “Catch and Release” approach of letting undocumented arrivals remain in the US while their applications are being processed.
Calling for a purely merit-based immigration system, Trump added, “We need great people coming into our Country!“
The president had threatened in March to veto a $1.3 trillion spending bill because it lacked funding for heightened security, including the $25 billion “trust fund” he wanted for a border wall.
He eventually signed the bill, averting a shutdown crisis, though the bill provided only $1.6 billion for a small stretch of border fencing and will keep the government open only until September 30, the end of the current fiscal year.
Securing Democrats’ support, moreover, is not likely to be easy, particularly amid widespread anger over a Trump immigration policy that for a time was separating parents from their children — including infants — at the border.
The administration was forced to backpedal and, under federal court order, has been scrambling to reunite those separated.
But, doubling down, Trump tweeted Sunday that “there are consequences when people cross our Border illegally,” and that many people “are just using children for their own sinister purposes.”


6 dead after man opens fire in Czech hospital waiting room

Updated 10 December 2019

6 dead after man opens fire in Czech hospital waiting room

  • The attacker opened fire at people’s heads from close range
  • Police published a photo of the suspect, having withdrawn an earlier photo of a different man

PRAGUE: Six people were killed in a shooting in a hospital in the eastern Czech Republic Tuesday, the prime minister said. Police said the suspect is at large and described him as armed and dangerous.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis told Czech public television the shooting took place around 7 a.m. in a waiting room. The attacker opened fire at people’s heads from close range, Babis said.

He said he was heading for the site, at the University hospital in the eastern city of Ostrava, 350 kilometers (220 miles) east of Prague.

Police said the man left in a silver-grey Renault Laguna car and called on the public not to try to stop him.

Police published a photo of the suspect, having withdrawn an earlier photo of a different man. They said that man was now considered to be a witness.

Video footage and pictures published by public radio showed police arresting a person at the site but that person did not appear to be the shooting suspect.

Officials say people have been evacuated from the clinic. Police are boosting security across the country.