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Trump posts urgent ‘last chance’ statement

Former President Donald Trump speaks at the American First Policy Institute's America First Agenda summit at the Marriott Marquis on July 26, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
September 21, 2023

Former President Donald Trump urged Republicans in Congress to “defend the Country” on Wednesday by defunding “all aspects of Crooked Joe Biden’s weaponized Government” as a government shutdown looms.

“A very important deadline is approaching at the end of the month. Republicans in Congress can and must defund all aspects of Crooked Joe Biden’s weaponized Government that refuses to close the Border, and treats half the Country as Enemies of the State. This is also the last chance to defund these political prosecutions against me and other Patriots,” Trump said in a post on Truth Social. “They failed on the debt limit, but they must not fail now. Use the power of the purse and defend the Country!”

Trump’s comments come as the government braces for a shutdown with just over a week left until federal funding expires.

House Republicans are split on passing a short-term funding bill that would temporarily prevent a government shutdown as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) continues to face criticism from members of his own party.

“Mr. Speaker, I’m not voting for a continuing resolution. I’m not voting to continue the failure and the waste and the corruption and the election interference and in some cases, the efforts that could lead this country into World War III,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) recently said.

“I oppose the CR authored by my friend and colleague from Florida, Byron Donalds. The Donalds CR continues the Ukraine policy negotiated by Speaker Pelosi and Mitch McConnell in the omnibus that conservatives were against,” he continued. “The Donalds CR is a permission slip for Jack Smith to continue his election interference as they are trying to gag the former President of the United States and the leading contender for the Republican nomination. The Donalds CR abandons the principle that it is only a review of single subject spending bills that will save this country and allow us to tweeze through these programs and force these agencies to stand up and defend their budget.”

“My friends, we are approaching the days where we’re facing $2 trillion annual deficits atop a $33 trillion debt. This is unsustainable and just to continue things with some facial 8% cut over 30 days that will lead to no programmatic reform is an insult to the principles we fought for in January,” Gaetz concluded.