DONALD Trump could be ousted from the White House if his party fails to secure funding for the controversial border wall with Mexico, a leading Republican has said.
Senator Lindsey Graham said that if the US President caves into Democrats over funding it would mark “the end of 2019 in terms of him being an effective president” and “probably the end of his presidency.”
The proposed $5.7 billion wall funding has been rejected by the Democratic Party which controls the lower chamber of Congress.
This stand-off has resulted in part of the federal government being shut down for nearly two weeks.
Speaking to Fox News last night, Senator Graham said: “The president is going to challenge the Democrats to compromise and if they continue to say no, they’re going to pay a price with the American people.”
He continued: “The president said, ‘let’s make a deal.’ The Democratic response is basically, ‘go to hell.’
“We need the wall, they’ve all voted for the wall, and the only way we’re going to get the wall is to fight for it.”
Democrats are expected to bring forward a bill today that would provide $1.3 billion for border security for the next month but with no wall funding – in order to buy time while negotiations over the barrier continue.
Graham said the bill “is not going to see the light of day” in the Republican-controlled Senate.
He said: “We’re going to fight. I don’t know how this is going to end, but we’re not giving up until we get the money … that’s the end of us if we give in on this issue as Republicans.”
Why does Trump want to build the wall?
He maintained Mexico would have to pay for it, saying he wanted to construct a barrier to keep out illegal migrants.
The tycoon said he would build an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall” between the US and Mexico.
In controversial speeches, he branded Mexicans “rapists” and “criminals” who were bringing problems into the United States.
The policy proved popular with voters in some heartland Republican areas as Trump unexpectedly swept into the White House.
Trump said 1,000 miles of wall will secure the 1,900-mile border and natural obstacles will take care of the rest.