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Shutdown over border wall aimed at placating Trump's base

Normally, precipitating a federal government shutdown on the eve of a holiday week would be a shot in the foot, politically speaking.

But for President Donald Trump, a shutdown, in an all-or-nothing bid to get Congress to fund a wall on the Mexico border, is a gamble that is likely to go down well with his base.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 23, 2018, with the headline 'Shutdown over border wall aimed at placating Trump's base'. Print Edition | Subscribe