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Trump threatens government shutdown over Mexico border wall

United States President Donald Trump is threatening to shut down the federal government if Congress does not provide funding for his promised border wall.

23 August 2017, 8:17am
United States President Donald Trump is threatening to shut down the federal government if Congress does not provide funding for his promised border wall.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, the President said that he has a message for “obstructionist” Democrats.

He said, “If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall.”

Trump also accused the Democrats of putting American security at risk for not supporting the multibillion-dollar proposal to build a wall along the U.S-Mexico border.

The President also hinted at other key issues such as the termination of the NAFTA trade deal between the U.S, Canada and Mexico, saying there may bot be a way to renegotiate it to the satisfaction of the United States while also defending his response to the Charlottesville white supremacist violence, rebuking the “very dishonest media” for misrepresenting his statements.

The construction of a the border wall between Mexico and the United States was one of Trump’s most popular campaign promises, with Trump also promising Mexico would pay for the wall, Mexico has refused.

The House has passed a spending bill with funding for the border wall, but it faces an uncertain future in the Senate.