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President Trump threatens to close border with Mexico as standoff over wall continues

Government shutdown will likely carry into next year as congressional Democrats refuse to budge

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President Donald Trump threatened Friday to close the U.S. border with Mexico, holding firm on his insistence that congressional Democrats get on board with funding a wall to help stave off illegal immigrants pouring into the country from the south.

Meanwhile, America's government shutdown — now in Day 7 — will likely carry into next week and the new year as Congress refuses to budge in the standoff.

What are the details?

In a series of tweets, President Trump announced that his administration could be forced to seal America's U.S.-Mexico border if "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."

He went on to say that he would consider such closure to be a "profit making operation" given how much the U.S. loses in trade with Mexico under NAFTA.

The president then reiterated his threat to close the border if wall funding isn't secured, and added that his administration would also cut off foreign aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador for taking money from the U.S. while not preventing its citizens from migrating to America in caravans.

What has Congress been up to?

The Senate held a pro-forma session Thursday. According to ABC News, no lawmakers showed up during the holiday break, and the office of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) notified members Thursday that there would be no votes this week.

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