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After Oval Office Clash, Trump Tweets About 'Chuck, Nancy'

He cites terror attack in France as reason why we need US-Mexico wall
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2018 8:25 AM CST
President Donald Trump speaks before signing H.R. 390, the "Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018," in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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(Newser) – President Trump's Oval Office argument with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi was the talk of the town on Tuesday, and on Wednesday the president picked up where he left off. Trump took to Twitter to continue his push for border-wall funding, this time trying to bolster his argument by citing a mass shooting Tuesday at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France. Politico notes the attack was located near the France-Germany border. Trump tweeted, "Another very bad terror attack in France. We are going to strengthen our borders even more. Chuck and Nancy must give us the votes to get additional Border Security!"

Then, in a second tweet, "The Democrats and President Obama gave Iran 150 Billion Dollars and got nothing, but they can’t give 5 Billion Dollars for National Security and a Wall?" Senators are currently willing to approve $1.6 billion in funding for border security, though that money couldn't be put toward wall construction. As for Trump's $150 billion figure, it's a reference to the amount of frozen assets Iran got access to when sanctions were lifted as part of the nuclear deal; Politico reports then-Treasury Secretary Jack Lew calculated a lower impact of $56 billion. (The suspect in the Strasbourg attack may have already fled France.)

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