Trump threatens to shutdown US border with Mexico
President of the United States (US) Donald Trump has threatened to shut down America’s border with Mexico if Congress fails to fund his proposed wall.
"Either we build (finish) the wall or we close the border," Trump said in a message posted on Twitter yesterday.
The threat comes one week after a deadlock in Washington over the federal budget caused a partial shutdown of the US government.
Trump is seeking US$5 billion to cover the cost of erecting a wall along the US/Mexico border, but Democrats and some within his Republican party have insisted that they will not approve it.
"We will be forced to close the southern border entirely if the obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the wall and also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our country is saddled with," Trump said.
As a result of the partial shutdown, hundreds of thousands of federal employees are either on unpaid leave or continue to work without any indication when they will be paid.
Both congressional chambers met briefly on Thursday, but took no steps to end the closure.
The House and Senate are again scheduled to meet on Monday.