Trump threatens government shutdown

Donald Trump has threatened to shut down the US government if the Democrats refuse to vote in favour of his Mexican border wall.

The US president said if he does not get the $5bn he wants for the wall he would be “proud” to force a government shutdown.

At the time, Mr Trump was taking part in what was meant to be a pleasant photo opportunity in the Oval Office with the Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

Mrs Pelosi seemed to strike a nerve with the president after she told him she did not want to see a “Trump shutdown” over funding for the wall.

Sky News

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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