Shutdown possible over border security: Trump

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Published on November 22, 2018 - Duration: 01:37s

Shutdown possible over border security: Trump

President Donald Trump warned on Thursday there could be a government shutdown next month over security on the border with Mexico, suggesting he could hold up a funding deal if no more money is provided for a wall between the two countries.

Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Shutdown possible over border security: Trump

President Trump turned a traditionally 'festive' call with U.S. Service members into a political one, Thursday… discussing topics like his trade policies, border security and criticism of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Speaking to reporters after the call wrapped up, Trump warned there could be a government shutdown next month … with a potential showdown in Congress over funding for Trump's proposed 'border wall'.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: (Responding to a question about the possibility of a government shutdown over border security) "Could happen, over border security.

The wall is just a part of border security--- very important part ---probably the most important part.

But could there be a shutdown?

It certainly could.

And it will be about border security of which the wall is a part." With hundreds of Central American migrants recently traveling toward the US border to seek asylum- Trump has called their movement an 'invasion' that threatens national security - and said Thursday, he had authorized the military to use lethal force on the border, if necessary.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: (Responding to a question about whether the military would use lethal force against caravan) "I've given the OK If they have to ---I hope they don't have to.

But, you know, you're dealing with a minimum of 500 serious criminals.

So I'm not going to let the military be taken advantage of.

I have no choice.

Do I want that to happen?

Absolutely not.

You're dealing with rough people." And he didn't stop there… the president also threatened to shut down the entire border with Mexico for a period of time.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: ..."and that means Mexico will not be able to sell cars into the United States until it is open." Trump has issued ultimatums about wall funding before, with little tangible impact.

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