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Trump: I Have ‘No Problem’ With a Shutdown, We’re ‘Laughingstock of the World’ on Border Security

In the opening remarks of his press conference with Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte, President Trump doubled down and said he had “no problem” shutting down the government to get what he wants on immigration policy.

Over the weekend, Trump threatened on Twitter to let the government shut down again unless Congressional Democrats give approval to tougher border security measures, including a wall on the southern U.S. border. On Monday, Trump said the U.S.’ immigration laws were the “laughingstock of the world” while reaffirming his comments about letting the government stop operating if border laws don’t toughen up.

“The prime minister and I are united in our conviction that strong nations must have strong borders. We have a solemn obligation to protect our citizens and their quality of life. My administration is working hard to pass border security legislation, improve vetting, and establish a merit-based immigration system which the United States needs very, very importantly, very badly. As far as the border is concerned, and personally, if we don’t get border security, after many, many years of talk within the United States, I would have no problem doing a shutdown. It’s time we had proper border security. We’re the laughingstock of the world. We have the worst immigration laws anywhere in the world.”

Watch above, via ABC.

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