President Donald Trump suggested Saturday that a government shutdown might be needed to secure his proposed wall for the U.S.-Mexico border, ABC News reported.
“We’re going to get the wall, even if we have to think about closing up the country for a little while,” Trump said during a tax reform roundtable meeting in Cleveland on Saturday. “We’re going to get the wall. We have no choice.”
Trump did not specify what he meant by “closing up the country,” according to the report. But he told supporters last month that there could be an autumn shutdown if Congress fails to meet his funding demands on border security.
The president wrote on Twitter this week that the border is “under siege," adding: “Congress must act now to change our weak and ineffective immigration laws. Must build a Wall. Mexico, which has a massive crime problem, is doing little to help!”
Our Southern Border is under siege. Congress must act now to change our weak and ineffective immigration laws. Must… https://t.co/JDTz0IUwMc— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1525429351.0
One week ago, Trump also suggested a shutdown over the border wall. His comment came in reference to a “caravan” of migrants seeking asylum in the U.S.
“I really thought they’d be much better to us and tougher on the caravan. Didn’t work out that way,” Trump said in the report. “They allow these people to come up through Mexico and come into our country.”
The migrants entered the U.S. several days ago and their requests for asylum are under consideration.
The president also used the event as an opportunity to support Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), who is running for U.S. Senate. He was seated alongside Trump on the stage.
Trump said Renacci is “doing really great” and “has my full support," the report stated.
“We need your vote. We need your help, so go out and help Jim,” Trump said.
Trump also participated in an RNC fundraiser in Cleveland, where he spoke to 250 people and helped raise $3 million, ABC News reported.