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Trump threatens to shut down government over border wall




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PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 22: U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on August 22, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. An earlier statement by the president that he was considering a pardon for Joe Arpaio,, the former sheriff of Maricopa County who was convicted of criminal contempt of court for defying a court order in a case involving racial profiling, has angered Latinos and immigrant rights advocates. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 22: U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on August 22, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. An earlier statement by the president that he was considering a pardon for Joe Arpaio,, the former sheriff of Maricopa County who was convicted of criminal contempt of court for defying a court order in a case involving racial profiling, has angered Latinos and immigrant rights advocates. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
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President Trump touched on a number of statements yesterday at his rally in Phoenix including NAFTA and his plan to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

"Build that wall," the president said. "Now, the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it, but believe me: We have to close down our government, we're building that wall."

Melissa Del Bosque covers the U.S./ Mexico border and relations between the two countries for the Texas Observer.

"It would be catastrophic economically," Del Bosque said about a potential government shut down to Take Two's Libby Denkmann. "Federal workers wouldn't get their payments, things sort of grind to a halt. It would be a pretty ruinous tactic, I think, for the President to resort to doing something like that over the border wall."

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