As U.S. President Donald Trump stands firm on his demands for funding of the Mexican border wall, his forced shutdown of the U.S. Government continues into its 10th day. He has refused to sign any legislation regarding funding until Congress agrees to put forward a staggering $5 billion to fund the border wall project.
The shutdown means approximately 800,000 federal employees are either at home or working without pay. With Democrats set to take control of the House of Representatives on January 3rd, 2019, the party is not pressured to bend to the presidents will. Acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney told Fox News that Democrats will “simply pass legislation to fund the government, without a wall, once they take the House.”
To further stoke the fires of controversy surrounding him, President Trump blamed Democrats for the deaths of children at the border, citing immigration policies which he believes gives refugees false hope. Earlier this month, two Guatemalan children died in custody after being detained by border control near the El Paso entry port.
Earlier this month when Republicans narrowly managed to retain control of the U.S. Senate, Trump’s impeachment odds decreased. Now, however, in light of the ongoing problems caused by the government shutdown, Trump’s odds of being impeached within his first term have increased.
Bet365 gives the struggling President an 8/11 chance of being impeached in his first term, with OddsShark putting him at EVEN odds (1/1).
Betting site PredictIt has also given the president even odds of being impeached.
Despite all this, Trump still maintains highest odds overall of winning the 2020 presidential election, with 6/4 odds from WilliamHill and BetVictor.
Second highest odds go to Kamala Harris, with 7/1 odds from most bookies.
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