Published: Tue, August 29, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump hopes government shutdown won't be necessary over wall funding

Trump hopes government shutdown won't be necessary over wall funding

Mexican country's foreign ministry in a statement said that Mexico would not pay for a wall or other physical barrier at the border "under any circumstances", reported the CNN.

OANN's Trey Yingst asked Trump if it's still his intention to get Mexico to pay for the wall.

"One way or another, Mexico will pay for the wall", the United States president told a White House press conference.

A leading House conservative said Friday that he could support a short-term bill to fund the government after September 30 and delay the fight over wall funding until December.

According to The Hill, the president began the morning by promoting the book "Cop Under Fire: Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America", written by Milwaukee County Sheriff and known Trump-supporter David Clarke.

At a news conference with visiting Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Trump also said Mexico may pay for the wall by reimbursement.

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Earlier this month, Trump threatened a government shutdown should Congress not allocate money to build the wall that Mexico has refused to fund.

"Only on the basis of the principles of shared responsibility, teamwork and mutual trust will we be able to overcome this challenge".

Trump said at a rally last week in Phoenix that he would "end up probably terminating" NAFTA "at some point".

In a subsequent post, the president also called NAFTA, a trade deal he has pledged to either renegotiate or back out of entirely, the "worst trade deal ever made" and said Canada and Mexico are "both being very difficult" in the renegotiation process. "Both being very hard, may have to terminate?" The statement said Mexico was "serious and constructive" in the talks and sought a winning result for all involved, but that in any case it "will not negotiate NAFTA nor any other aspect of the bilateral relationship through social media or the media".

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs pledged to assist the USA with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

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