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Trump visits border amid US shutdown wall row

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 11, 2019 15:13

Trump visits border amid US shutdown wall row

US President Donald Trump has threatened again to declare a national emergency to fund a border wall without Congress’s approval. He also said Mexico would “indirectly” pay for the wall contradicting an earlier campaign memo. The government has been in partial shutdown for 20 days, leaving about 800,000 federal employees without pay.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would withdraw its troops from Syria while continuing to finish the battle against Islamic State. Speaking at a joint news conference with his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo, Pompeo said that Washington remained a steadfast partner in the Middle East. Many of Trump’s domestic and international critics have said that withdrawing the troops abruptly could expose Washington’s Kurdish allies to repression from Turkey, and also allow Iran to solidify its influence in Syria.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 11, 2019 15:13

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