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"I think this is separate", Trump said, adding, "One way or another, Mexico is going to pay for the wall". "If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall", he told supporters.

When Trump sticks to a plan, he can deliver a solid performance, as he did for most of Monday's news conference.

Mr. Trump said he hoped a shutdown wouldn't be necessary.

Trump then turned to Niinistö and said, "I guarantee you, Mr. President, Finland would never have signed NAFTA with Russian Federation or whoever you wanted to". Also going are House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the aides said.

Now, President Donald Trump is confronting the political risks and potential gains that come with leading the federal government's response to a deadly and destructive natural disaster.

President Trump refused to say Russian Federation posed a unique security threat to the West, speaking at a press conference Monday, saying he considered the country to be among many foreign policy challenges facing the US and its allies.

In President Trump's press conference today with Finnish President Niinisto, a Finnish reporter appeared to be trying to get Trump to say something negative about Russian maneuvers in the Baltic.

Indeed, he argued Monday he specifically timed his controversial pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to capitalize on all the viewers tuned into storm coverage. Sheriff Joe loves our country. "And Sheriff Joe was very unfairly treated by the Obama administration, especially right before an election, an election that he would have won", Trump said. "I want to underline that Finland has been involved from the very beginning to all the attempts to solve the situation in Afghanistan", he said. The White House announced the first visit even before Harvey made landfall.

Finland opposed Trump's decision to pull the US out of an worldwide climate change agreement.

Helsinki is expected to request that European and US planemakers provide quotations for new jets in 2018, with a final decision made in the early 2020s.

In the midst of a natural disaster, the USA government can be slow to accept foreign assistance because of the bureaucratic hassle involved in clearing materials brought into the country and securing access for foreigners on short notice, said Kelly. "If I look at what is the moral and practical power, there is no longer a traditional president".