Trump threatens to shut down government over border wall funding

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Nexstar)-In a feisty, Oval Office exchange President Trump told Congressional Democrats he’ll support a government shutdown unless Congress spends billions to build a border wall.

“If we got five billion dollars we could do a tremendous chunk of wall,” he said.

The president says he’s willing to take the blame if a shutdown occurs.

Several government agencies run out of money December 21st.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told the president there’s still time to make a deal.

“we Have solutions that will pass the House and the Senate right now and will not shut down the government and that’s what we’re urging you to do,” said Schumer.

But the president says unless he gets the five billion, there’s no deal.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters after the meeting Congress is nowhere close to providing the money.

“He does not have the votes in the House, to pass whatever his agenda is with that wall,” she said.

Experts say the risk of a shutdown remains mixed and a lot can change between now and next Friday.

Gary Nordlinger is a Political Science Professor with George Washington University, he said he bets at the very least we’ll get a continuing resolution to get through Christmas.

Both the White House and Democrats say negotiations remain ongoing.

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