The U.S. might have to "close up our country" to get border control straight, President Donald Trump said Saturday during a tax reform roundtable in Ohio.
"They don't want the wall, but we're going to get the wall, even if we have to think about closing up the country for a while," Trump said while criticizing Democrats. "We're going to get the wall. We have no choice. We have absolutely no choice. And we're going to get tremendous security in our country."
"And we may have to close up our country to get this straight, because we either have a country or we don't," he added later. "And you can't allow people to pour into our country the way they're doing."
Trump has pushed for a border wall to stop illegal immigration since announcing his candidacy in 2015 and declared it would be paid for by Mexico, which officials there have rebuffed. The president asked for an estimated $25 billion to build the wall, but Congress appropriated just $1.6 billion in the $1.3 trillion omnibus budget bill he signed March.
Congress has resisted the idea of spending more for the wall, but Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has spoken with the president about the potential use of military funds to pay for the barrier.
Trump on Friday complained Mexico was doing "little to help" and said the southern border was "under siege."
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