Donald Trump threatens to ‘close US government’ to build Mexico wall

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In a speech on Tuesday, Donald Trump threatened to shut down the government in order to continue his plans to build a wall along the border with Mexico, in a bid to stem illegal immigration into the US.

During a heavily criticised 80-minute speech at a rally in Arizona, the President defended his response to the Charlottesville attack and addressed progress on the wall.

Trump’s progress in building a barrier across America’s southern border has stalled in government, despite passing a spending bill with funding for the project.

However, Mr Trump assured supporters at the rally that he’d be willing to “close down government” in order to secure the funding to build the wall.

Trump said he had a message for “obstructionist” Democrats, accusing them of putting American’s at risk by not supporting the project.

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

“We’re going to have our wall. The American people voted for immigration control. We’re going to get that wall.”

Most Senate Democrats have said they’ll refuse to support any tax legislation that provides a tax cut to the highest earners.

“The Democrats are going to find a way to obstruct,” Trump said. He told his supporters that they’ll be preventing Americans from receiving a “massive tax cut” if they don’t pass the funding.

Both supporters and protesters of Trump had gathered outside the rally, the first since the Charlottesville neo-Nazi event.

Shouting and scuffles erupted between the two sides, with some protesters throwing bottles at the police, who deployed gas and smoke to attempt to clear the area.

The President also complained bitterly to the crowds about the media’s treatment of his response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

After re-reading three statements he made at the time, Trump then told the crowd:

“It’s time to expose the crooked media deceptions and to challenge the media for their role in fomenting divisions and yes, by the way, they are trying to take away our history and our heritage.”

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