Trump heats up rhetoric on border, immigration as some supporters grow impatient

Trump heats up rhetoric on border, immigration as some supporters grow impatient, by David Nakamura.

President Trump’s sharp shift in tone on immigration this week from would-be dealmaker back to the hard-line stance he campaigned on comes amid signs that some of his conservative base is growing impatient for him to fulfill promises on the border wall and other measures to crack down on illegal immigration. …

Trump has faced growing criticism from some conservatives who had supported him — most prominently commentator Ann Coulter — over his inability to secure funding for the wall, which he had initially promised Mexico would pay for.

“I don’t know what more horrible thing you could come up with than violating your central campaign promise that became the chant and the theme of the campaign that he promised at every single rally,” Coulter said in an interview with the New York Times over the weekend.

Trump has been privately fuming off and on about the spending bill since he threatened to veto it at the last minute before reluctantly signing it into law last month — which he said he did only because it included a big spending increase for the military.

The bill provides $1.6 billion toward border barriers — far from enough for the 700 miles of wall Trump has promised. Even that funding comes with several restrictions, meaning it will mostly go toward fencing similar to what is already in place in some areas rather than the type of wall Trump has touted. The president has blamed House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for being poor negotiators, according to people familiar with criticism of the funding bill.