Trump Says He'll 'Close Down' Federal Government to Get Border Wall Money

President Trump on Tuesday said that he is prepared to shut down the government if congressional lawmakers don’t present a spending bill that will pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

“Believe me, if we have to close down our government, we're building that wall,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Phoenix, where the crowd responded: “Build that wall. Build that wall. Build that wall.”

The Republican-controlled Congress has yet to pass a spending resolution to keep the government fully operational past Sept. 30.

And members will have just a few weeks after returning from August recess to complete the task and avoid a politically unpopular shutdown.

Trump also said Tuesday night: “Democrats would like us not to do it. Let me be very clear to Democrats in Congress who oppose a border wall and stand in the way of border security: You are putting all of America's safety at risk. You're doing that.”

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