US President Donald Trump has threatened to shut down the federal government if Mexico refuses to pay for his border wall, even though he promised the American people they would.
Trump told reporters during an Oval Office meeting that he would be proud to shut down the government if Mexico continues to insist it will not pay for the border wall.
“I’ll do it, and I’ll be proud to do it,” Trump told those gathered, including Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer.
“What Mexico needs to realise is that I promised the American people they would get a wall paid for by Mexico, and I will not stop until I deliver on that promise.
“If the Mexicans think I’m bluffing, then they have got something of a shock coming. I will do it. I will shut down the federal government indefinitely if Mexico doesn’t get its wallet out.”
Democrat Schumer who was at the meeting could only agree with the President’s position on paying for the wall.
“I am all for Donald Trump keeping his promise to get Mexico to pay for his border wall. As long as the American taxpayer isn’t footing the bill.
“I mean, I’d rather he didn’t shut down the government to get Mexico to pay for it – in fact, I’m not entirely sure how such a threat would get Mexico to pay. Perhaps it’s one of those very stable genius 3D chess moves the rest of us don’t understand?”
The Mexican government has responded by telling Trump to “knock yourself out you perma-tanned nutsack.”