Despite political hurdles, Trump defiant on Mexico wall

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At a raucous political rally in Phoenix on August 22, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to shut down the federal government if Congress refuses to send him a spending bill that funds the U.S. -Mexico border wall on which he staked his presidential campaign, Bloomberg News reports.

The Hill reports Trump's latest vow came during an early-morning tweet fest, where he added "with Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world we must have that Wall".

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Mexican leaders have publicly rejected any avenue to pay for the wall. "This statement is not part of a Mexican negotiating strategy, but rather a principle of national sovereignty and dignity", the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Sunday. "Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other", Trump tweeted. "It has to be a partnership, I have no doubt about that".

"If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall", Trump said. In a press conference, perhaps with a freshly pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio by his side, he will announce that the wall is finally being built, "big attractive door" and all. "So why is he now threatening a government shutdown if Congress won't pay for it?" a reporter asked Sanders. The White House has not released any details about this visit. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., also has suggested a better time for a stand would be when the House and Senate negotiate final fiscal 2018 spending bills later in the year.

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The Republican majority wants to cut taxes and pass a costly infrastructure bill, but Trump has threatened to trigger a government shutdown unless it funds his wall.

"We are in the NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico & Canada.Both being very hard, may have to terminate?" Trump wrote, sharing a tweet from Clarke about his book, titled "Cop Under Fire: Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America". "We are in the process of renegotiating NAFTA (the worst trade agreement ever passed) with Mexico and Canada". 5 in Mexico, and the U.S., Mexico and Canada ended the first round with a joint statement saying they're committed to wrapping up the negotiations quickly with a far-reaching deal.

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