Financial experts shrug off Trump’s government shutdown threat

“I think what the president said last night was really red meat for his base. We all know when presidents get in trouble they get out of Washington,” he said.

Trump made a series of incendiary statements at a Tuesday night rally in Arizona.

“If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” Trump told his supporters at the rally.

Congress must reach a deal to fund the government by Sept. 30, and the president must sign the deal into law for it to take effect. Many Democrats have entrenched themselves in opposition to funding a border wall.

Trump also revived his preference for walking away from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“Personally, I don’t think we can make a deal,” Trump told the crowd. “I think we’ll end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point.”

— CNBC’s Jacob Pramuk contributed to this report.

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