If there’s no border wall, there’s no shutdown deal

US Vice President Mike Pence has thrown his full support behind President Donald Trump’s position on funding a wall on the US-Mexico border, warning congressional Democrats that “if there’s no wall, there’s no deal” to end the partial government shutdown.

In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Pence said the White House had no plans to back down from Trump’s demand for $5 billion border wall funding, even if it involved keeping the government partially closed for a long time.

“The president has made it very clear: No wall, no deal,” Pence said. “We’re here to make a deal, but it’s a deal that’s going to result in achieving real gains on border security, and you have no border security without a wall. We will have no deal without a wall.”

The US vice president also said the Trump administration was “completely focused” on building the border wall and passing legislation that provides “resources and tools” for those who…

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