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Trump: Border wall $$ or govt. shutdown

PRESIDENT TRUMP is threatening to shut down the federal government if Congress doesn’t vote funding for a wall along the nation’s southern border with Mexico.

President Donald Trump on Monday threatened a shutdown of the federal government if Congress didn’t approve funding for the increased border security, including a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

“If we don’t get border security after many many years of talk within the United States, I would have no problem doing a shutdown,” Trump said. But he also said there’s “always room for negotiation.”

He was speaking in Washington at a press conference with the prime minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte. 

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell downplayed that possibility, adding that the Senate was moving forward toward “funding the government in a timely and orderly manner” before the new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1.
He also told reporters he had no intentions of lifting sanctions on Russia over that nation’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, and that Iran must “never be allowed” to possess nuclear weapons.

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