Here are today’s top three stories in political news: border wall showdown could lead to government shut down; Trump willing to deal on DACA; Mississippi elects its first woman to Congress.
1. Showdown over border wall could lead to government shut down
President Trump announced that he would be willing to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t send him legislation over the next ten days that approves and allocates $5 billion to fund the wall between the US-Mexico border.
In order reach President Trump’s goal, Congress will need to pass a spending package before the December 8 deadline, otherwise, the government will shut down.
Trump spoke with news agency Politico on Monday revealing that he would “totally be willing” to shut down the government if he doesn’t procure the necessary funding. Trump added that the $5 billion would only cover the physical border wall, and that “the number is larger for border security.”
2. Trump willing to deal on DACA
On the issue over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), President Trump, speaking to Politico on Monday, said his preference in dealing with the program would be to wait for court challenges to be completed.
“I have a big heart for DACA. I want to be able to keep them,” Trump said. “But if the court rules properly, there will be no problem with DACA and we’ll get everything solved.”
“If the court rules in favor of Obama having that right,” the President continued, “It’s going to be a disaster because we will get nothing, we will get nothing done.”
Trump added that if the court determines that DACA is illegal, he would be willing to strike a deal on “border security and everything else.”
3. Cindy Hyde-Smith becomes Mississippi’s first woman in Congress
Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith has overcome Democratic challenger Mike Espy in a runoff for the Senate seat, becoming the first woman in the history of the state of Mississippi’s to be elected to Congress.
Hyde-Smith was appointed by Republican Governor Phil Bryant to fill the seat of long-serving GOP Senator Thad Cochran, who retired in April due to of failing health, and now will maintain that seat after fending off her challenger.
She was congratulated by President Trump on her victory.