Trump says he wants to visit border wall before State of the Union

Greg Nash

President Trump said Wednesday that he wants to visit the U.S.–Mexico border wall before he gives his State of the Union address next month.

Trump, speaking with reporters during an unannounced trip to Iraq, said he planned on “going to the wall” for a “groundbreaking” event before his State of the Union address, which will be held in late January. 

{mosads}Trump has pushed for a wall to be built along the southern border, but Congress has yet to pass funding for the wall. The federal government entered a partial shutdown on Saturday after lawmakers were unable to agree on the president’s demand for $5 billion in border wall funding.

Trump said Wednesday that the government will remain closed for however long it takes to get funding for the wall. 

“We need safety for our country,” he added. “Even from this standpoint. We have terrorists coming in through the southern border.”

Trump made similar comments on Tuesday, when he said he would also accept “a fence,” rather than a wall, as a barrier.

“I can’t tell you when the government is going to be open,” he said. “I can tell you, it’s not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they’d like to call it. I’ll call it whatever they want.”

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