Trump vows to ‘close government’ to build Mexico wall


US President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a "Make America Great Again" rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on August 22, 2017Image copyright

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Donald Trump touched on immigration, healthcare and his enemies during the Arizona rally

Donald Trump has vowed to close down the US government if necessary to build his wall along the Mexico border.

The president told supporters at a “Make America Great Again” rally in Phoenix, Arizona, that the opposition Democrats were being “obstructionist”.

During the 80-minute speech, he also took aim at the media, blaming them for giving far right groups “a platform”.

But he selectively quoted his initial response to violence at a far-right rally that left one woman dead.

He omitted the controversial claim that “many sides” had to shoulder the blame for violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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In his wide-ranging speech, Mr Trump also said he thought he would…

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