Washington DC: US President Donald Trump has told congressional Republicans he "will not sign" a spending bill passed by the Senate to avoid a partial government shutdown Friday, and he's citing an impasse over money for a border wall with Mexico.
House Speaker Paul Ryan says after leaving a meeting with Trump at the White House that he and other leaders are going to go back to Capitol Hill to "work on adding border security" to the legislation.
Trump is facing a backlash from conservative supporters who've urging to him to stick with an earlier pledge to force a shutdown in hopes of securing money for his long-promised border wall.
The wall was the top promise of his presidential campaign.
The president, tweeting about his frustration, complained that he "was promised" by congressional leaders that the wall and border security would be "done by end of year (NOW)."
"It didn't happen! We foolishly fight for Border Security for other countries - but not for our beloved U.S.A. Not good!" he wrote.
Conservative allies are urging him to veto any deal that doesn't include the wall money he is demanding. They say he will have even less leverage when Democrats take control of the House on Jan. 3. They also worry Trump's failure to make good on his signature campaign promise could hamper his re-election campaign.
Updated Date: Dec 21, 2018 00:21:52 IST