Trump has been trying to convince US Senate Democrats to vote for funding the construction of the wall on the US-Mexico border for some time, stressing that it’s crucial to stop illegal immigration, with the president even threatening with partial government shutdown if the bill isn’t approved.

US President Donald Trump has urged Republican Senator Mitch McConnell to fight harder in the Senate to secure funding for the border wall with Mexico, using the example of the Republican efforts in the House of Representatives on 20 December. He reminded him that Democrats are crucial for the Senate vote, as Trump requires 60 votes to pass the bill, while the Republicans only hold 51 seats in the upper chamber.

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