EL PASO, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump says the partial government shutdown showed the country, politicians and the world “what the hell is happening with the border.”
Trump is also downplaying a potential breakthrough to avert a second shutdown, though West Wing aides have acknowledged there is insufficient support among Republicans to sustain another shutdown fight.
Trump told thousands at a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday that he was told lawmakers are making progress in their bids to avert another shutdown. But he says he told his staff that he didn’t want to hear about it and that it was important to speak “to my people from Texas” first.
Trump says, “I had a choice. I could’ve stayed out there and listened, or I could have come out to the people of El Paso and Texas, I chose you.”
The crowd has chanted back, “We chose you.”