Trump: Would be ‘proud’ to shut down government over border wall

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National News

December 12, 2018 - 11:22 AM

President Donald Trump, right, argues about border security with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as Vice President Mike Pence sits nearby in the Oval Office on Tuesday in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would be “proud” to shut down the government later this month if he can’t get taxpayer money to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico.

The remarks were aimed at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer during an extraordinary Oval Office sparring session held partly in front of reporters.

“We have to have a wall. … I will take the mantle of shutting it down. I will shut it down for border security,” Trump said during the encounter, in which the leaders exchanged political barbs with cameras rolling.

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