Senior US officials: Trump is ready to shut down his own government if he doesn't get border wall funding
President Donald Trump looks up while signing an executive order to advance construction of the Keystone XL pipeline at the White House in Washington. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly suggested on Sunday that President Donald Trump would force his own government to shut down if Congress refuses to give him the funds needed to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.


During an interview on CNN, host Dana Bash noted that the government would begin shutting down on Friday if a stop-gap spending measure was not passed by Congress and signed into law by the president.

"Will the president go to the mat and insist on funding his border wall as part of the stop-gap funding measure?" Bash wondered.

"The president has been pretty straightforward about his desire and the need for a border wall," Kelly replied. "He'll do the right thing for sure but I will suspect he will be insistent on the funding."

As the Independent pointed out on Sunday, Kelly was not the only Trump administration official who hinted that the president was ready to allow the government to run out of money.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told ABC News that the wall would be paid for "one way or another.”

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