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Trump Team Escalates Threats to Shut Down Government

Congressional leadership have pushed back on the need for a shutdown

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    In a speech to his base in Arizona last night, President Trump said he would be willing to let the government shut down if Congress does not agree to funds for the border wall. Scott McGrew reports.

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017)

    With the deadline to continue funding the federal government just over a month away, the White House isn't shutting down chatter that the government may shut down, NBC News reported.

    President Donald Trump is "serious" about his threat to do so, a senior administration official told NBC News Thursday, escalating Trump's words from a rally Tuesday.

    "If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall," Trump said a rally in Phoenix, winning cheers of "Build the Wall!"

    House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have pushed back on the need for a shutdown, which may be calamitous for the market. But Trump attacked them both by name Thursday morning over how they plan to pass the debt ceiling, another funding hurdle the government faces in the next several weeks.

    2 Trump Speeches in 24 Hours Strike Opposite Tones

    [NATL] 2 Trump Speeches in 24 Hours Strike Opposite Tones

    Two speeches that President Donald Trump made within 24 hours show a tale of two presidents: one preaching unity and "common values" in Reno, Nevada, on Aug. 23, 2017, the other the day before in Phoenix, Arizona, sharply criticizing the press and members of Congress as he defended his controversial reaction to Charlottesville.

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017)