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At a raucous political rally in Phoenix on August 22, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to shut down the federal government if Congress refuses to send him a spending bill that funds the U.S. -Mexico border wall on which he staked his presidential campaign, Bloomberg News reports.

The US government says it's now looking at more building proposals, but not everyone agrees that a wall will be enough to bring the smuggling of drugs and people to an end.

Trump maintained on Sunday morning that Mexico would pay for the wall in some form, adding that it was necessary due to the country's high crime rates. The wall drama plays out as his decision to pour more troops and resources into Afghanistan risks disappointing supporters drawn by his pledges to cut USA military involvement overseas.

"It sounds like he's unequivocal, the Mexican president, that he's not going to pay for it". Trump, having made his point, will equivocate once more on what the meaning of "wall" is and agree to sign off on a few billion dollars for additional fencing and the hiring of ICE personnel.

President Trump speaks at a rally on Tuesday in Phoenix. The wall won't have any effect on us.

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TRT World's Latin America correspondent Anelise Borges has this report from the Mexico-US border.

Yet Sanders also repeated assurances that Trump is determined to avert a US default, saying of the legal debt limit the U.S.is about to hit that the president is "still committed to making sure it gets raised". While Republican leaders have yet to reveal a plan for how they'll proceed, a likely scenario is to package the two measures together to get them to the president's desk. The White House previously has suggested that one possibility is a 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico.

After his tweets, the rate on Treasury bills maturing October 12 jumped by as much as 5 basis points, the largest intraday move since March. Now he has threaten to shut down the government if Congress doesn't give him money to pay for the wall.

Members of Trump's party criticized the pardon, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who said he disagreed with it, and Sen.

Republicans hold just a slight majority in the Senate, and Democrats could demand that border wall funding be scraped in exchange for their votes on a deal to keep the government open.