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Donald Trump Signed A New Spending Bill To Avoid A Government Shutdown And Didn’t Get Wall Funding

President Donald Trump signed a new spending bill to avoid a government shut down and no money is being used to build the border wall. Trump ran his campaign on the promise of building a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and that Mexico would be paying for the wall. Of course, Trump has not been able to deliver on that campaign promise and, once again, Trump bowed and signed a spending bill with no provision for the border wall.

President Trump signed a new spending bill to avoid a government shutdown but without wall funding.

Trump signed the bill to fund the government for a year while the American public watched the Senate Judiciary Committee handle the Kavanaugh hearings. The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

The proposed border wall was a major campaign promise and has been a focal point of contention with Mexico.

“They make all of this money, and they do absolutely nothing to stop people from going through Mexico, from Honduras and all these other countries, the caravan, all of this stuff,” Trump said during a rally in Nashville, Tennessee. “They do nothing to help us, nothing.”

Trump has avoided bringing up his wall pledge in public since the topic led the Mexican President to cancel plans for a visit to Washington early in Trump’s term.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has unequivocally denied that Mexico will ever pay for the wall.

“NO. Mexico will NEVER pay for a wall. Not now, not ever,” President Enrique Nieto wrote, in both English and Spanish. “Sincerely, Mexico (all of us).” It’s not the first time Peña Nieto has denied this.

The wall has strained relations between the two nations and impacted North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks.

The U.S., Mexico and Canada recently reworked NAFTA and created the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. It is being billed as an updated version of NAFTA.

“USMCA will give our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region,” reads a joint statement by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. “It will strengthen the middle class, and create good, well-paying jobs and new opportunities for the nearly half billion people who call North America home.”

Former Mexico President Vicente Fox has long rejected the idea that Mexico will fund any border wall.

The former President of Mexico has consistently denied Donald Trump’s claims that Mexico will pay for the border wall. He has been on the record multiple times about his displeasure with the wall and has commonly responded with his now signature line “Mexico is not paying for that f****n wall.”

Last October, prototypes were revealed in San Diego for the proposed border wall with exact details and funding source yet to be revealed.

The president has said he wants as much as $25 billion for the border wall that could take about 10 years to complete, but the $1.3-trillion spending bill he signed back in March authorized only $1.6 billion for fencing, surveillance and other security measures. This leaves many open questions on who and what will pay for the border wall.


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Trump Finally Got His Wall And It Is Going Up Around The White House To Keep Him Safe

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Trump Finally Got His Wall And It Is Going Up Around The White House To Keep Him Safe

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President Donald Trump has not handled the unrest against police brutality well. He has inflamed racial tensions and used coded language to side with the police officers over Black Lives Matter protesters. The president had to hide in a bunker at the beginning of the unrest and now he wants a temporary wall built to keep him safe.

The White House has a new fence being constructed to increase security.

Protesters have been organizing in Washington D.C. for days demanding police reform and justice for George Floyd. The protests have reportedly left President Donald Trump uneasy while in the White House. It has been reported that the protests so startled President Trump that he was moved to the bunker under the White House.

Some people witnessing the rapid, temporary fencing are just stunned by the metaphor.

President Trump has continued to promise and failed to deliver on a wall along the southern border. Now, Americans are considering the security fencing around the White House as a clear metaphor of the presidency. President Trump has been accused of being out of touch with a majority of Americans most of his presidency.

The fencing is bringing back memories of his campaign rally chants for some.

President Trump made the wall on the southern border pivotal to his campaign. Over time, it became clear that President Trump would not be able to follow through with his promise to build the wall. Instead, people on social media are pointing out that the wall he has been able to build is around the White House.

White House officials haven’t given any reasoning for the emergency fencing.

According to reports, White House officials refuse to comment on security measures. While there hasn’t been any reason given for the emergency fencing, protest organizers and political pundits believe that the fencing is in response to the protests.

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Police Brutality Protests Intensify Following Autopsy Of Mexican Who Died In Police Custody

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Police Brutality Protests Intensify Following Autopsy Of Mexican Who Died In Police Custody

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Protests against police brutality have sprung up around the world. People are tired of police departments killing unarmed citizens and the latest unrest is coming from Mexico after a man was killed by police after being arrested.

Mexican protests against police brutality intensified this week.

Protesters took to the streets through Jalisco to protest the death of Giovanni López at the hands of the police. The 24-year-old was allegedly arrested for not wearing a face mask on May 4 in Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos, Jalisco, near Guadalajara. An autopsy of López revealed that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head prompting protests against police brutality.

A video of the arrest has been spreading all over social media showing López being arrested by a group of police officers.

People at the scene and in the video are shocked at the force used in the arrest. Multiple police officers can be seen surrounding López as they attempt to put him in the police car. The police officers can be heard degrading López and those defending him during the arrest.

“Vanni, we’re coming for you,” a man is heard saying.

“Shut up, you p*ssy,” a police officer responds.

López can be heard begging for help as the police apprehended him.

According to the video, police claim that López was resisting arrest to justify the police presence at the arrest. There are unsubstantiated allegations of government-backed attempts to bribe López’s family for their silence.

López’s death sparked intense protests in Mexico demanding justice and police accountability.

#JusticiaParaGiovanni demonstrations, centralized in Jalisco, cropped up after the autopsy was released. There were already Black Lives Matter protests happening in Mexico to show support for the U.S. movement. López’s death amplified that anger and the result is violent protests.

One video circulating on social media shows a police officer being set on fire.

State Prosecutor Gerardo Octavio Solís claims that López was arrested for “aggressive behavior” but the family disputes that claim. Mexicans have long had a contentious relationship with law enforcement, many of which have been trained by U.S. forces.

“There are long histories of police brutality in both countries,” Tom Long, an expert on Mexican security at the University of Warwick, told The Guardian. “[Militarization] is a recipe for police violence, particularly aimed at those with the fewest monetary and societal resources to hold (them) accountable.”

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