President Donald Trump said he would consider shutting down the federal government if U.S. Congress does not approve funding for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, he said during a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night.
“The obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it, but believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” Trump said.
Trump has been vocal about a border wall – he spoke about it often while running for President and has continued his push for the wall since being sworn into office – a border wall was included in the $788 billion U.S. House spending bill.
On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted criticism of Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona.
“Not a fan of Jeff flake, weak on crime & border,” he tweeted.
At his rally, he warned that Democrats were obstructing and harming national security.
“We are building a wall on the southern border, which is absolutely necessary,” Trump said. “Let me be very clear to Democrats in Congress who oppose a border wall and stand in the way of border security. You are putting all of Americans’ safety at risk.”
While the U.S. House of Representatives approved $1.6 billion in funding for a border wall, there is speculation whether or not such a bill would pass in the U.S. Senate.
On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted: “If Republican Senate doesn’t get rid of the Filibuster Rule & go to a simple majority, which the Dems would do, they are just wasting time!”