US President Donald Trump says he would “totally be willing” to shut down the federal government unless Congress authorizes $5 billion to fund his long-promised wall along the US-Mexico border.
In an interview with Politico published on Wednesday, Trump said the $5 billion request for funding the border would pay for a physical barrier alone, and that additional funding would be needed for other border security measures.
Trump also told the news outlet that he saw little need to work with Congress over immigration reforms to address the roughly 700,000 so-called Dreamers, young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children.
Instead, he said he wants to see first how court challenges play out over DACA, a US immigration policy during the administration of former US President Barack Obama that allowed Dreamers to stay in the country.
In a separate interview with the Washington Post on Tuesday, the Republican president…