>> Now the obstructionist Democrats, would like us not to do it. But believe me, if we have to close down our government we're building that wall.>> President Trump raising new worries about chaos in Washington. Saying he'd be willing to shut down the government if Congress doesn't fund his signature border wall with Mexico.
Wall Street increasingly nervous, stocks falling after Trump's shutdown remarks.>> And we're gonna have our wall.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Trump is raising fears that we could be headed back to the bad old days of 2013, when budget battles shuttered national parks, threw millions of federal employees out of work and cost the economy more than $20 billion.
Trump trying to pressure Democrats at his Arizona rally on Tuesday night but it's his Republicans who are feeling the heat. They're still looking for a win after eight months in power, and a shut down is the last thing they want. They're keenly aware that they would likely shoulder the blame.
Trump's remarks met with thunderous applause from his core supporters in the arena but few in Washington are cheering. Congress needs to agree on a spending package by the end of September to keep the government operating and the President needs to sign it into law. Trump insisting that lawmakers pay for his border wall even as he pushes for dramatic spending cuts in other areas.
That's not going to fly with Democrats whose votes will be needed putting them in a better position to cut a deal to their liking. Trump also alienating his own Republicans, criticizing them by name after they failed to repeal Obamacare, now encouraging far-right candidates to challenge them in primaries.
Arizona's two Republican senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, skipping Trump's rally. Trump calling Flake, quote, weak on crime and border, on Twitter Wednesday morning.>> Nobody knows who the hell he is.>> House Speaker Paul Ryan saying he supports Trump's wall but doesn't think a government shutdown is necessary.
Washington stumbled into the 2013 shutdown because Republicans wanted to cut off funding for the Affordable Care Act which was a nonstarter for President Barack Obama. Obamacare survived that standoff, and voters largely blamed the GOP for the fiasco. Now the battle is between a Republican president and a Republican Congress.
They fell short on healthcare, and they could pay a steep price in next year's elections if they fail to keep the government operating smoothly.