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News Wrap: Trump ‘certainly’ willing to shut down government over border security

In our news wrap Monday, President Trump again talked of shutting down the government over border security. On Sunday, he floated the idea unless Democrats vote to fund a border wall and other security measures. Also, the president offered to meet with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, amid heightened tensions after he pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    From the White House today, more talk of shutting down the government over border security.

    President Trump floated the idea on Sunday, unless Democrats vote to fund a border wall and other measures. Today, alongside Italy's prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, Mr. Trump said there's no red line for what Congress must do. But he also said he'd have no problem forcing a shutdown.

  • President Donald Trump:

    I will always leave room for negotiation, but this has been many years. This isn't just Trump administration. We're new. This has been many years, even decades. The whole thing is ridiculous, and we have to change our laws. And we do that through Congress. So I would certainly be willing to close it down.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Several leading Republicans said they oppose another government shutdown. Federal agencies closed for a weekend back in January in a previous funding fight.

    The president also offered today to meet with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani. It came amid heightened tensions after the U.S. pulled out of the Iran deal. When asked a question about it, Mr. Trump said he's open to meeting with no preconditions.

    Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh won over an undecided Republican today. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said that he will vote to confirm. That's a key endorsement in this closely divided Senate. Meanwhile, Kavanaugh had his first meeting with a Democrat, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. He's seen as a potential swing vote.

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she hopes to serve until she's 90. Ginsburg is now 85. She told an interviewer on Sunday that, "I think I have at least five more years." She cited former Justice John Paul Stevens, who served until he was 90.

    In Zimbabwe, they have begun counting votes after a largely peaceful Election Day. It's the country's first presidential election since Robert Mugabe was ousted in May. He had ruled for 37 years. His former deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, faced opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, who complained of voting delays designed to undermine his support.

    John Ray of Independent Television News, reports from Harare, the capital.

  • John Ray:

    For Zimbabwe, a historic day worth the early start. Sunrise, and already thousands were queuing patiently. Many here have waited a lifetime for this moment.

  • Man:

    We have only known one president until now, you know, so, I think this demonstrates change.

  • John Ray:

    There has been a joyous energy about the campaign, generated by one man. Nelson Chamisa has vowed to end 40 years of one party rule.

  • Nelson Chamisa:

    Victory's set in. We have won.

  • John Ray:

    But hope dashed by feat might yet be a combustible combination.

    There is no mistaking the confidence or the excitement around Nelson Chamisa. He says he will not accept defeat. And that also makes this a dangerous moment for Zimbabwe.

    If you don't win this election, will there be trouble? Will there be violence? You have said there will be chaos.

  • Nelson Chamisa:

    That possibility, I can't — I can't tell. People will have their own right. I will try as much as possible to leave people in peace.

  • John Ray:

    There were no cheering crowds for President Emmerson Mnangagwa. He too has posed as a liberator, from the specter of Zimbabwe's past, who cast his vote and what little weight he has left behind the opposition.

    More than five million Zimbabweans will have their say today. But this election will be won and lost in the countryside. This is Robert Mugabe's birthplace, where they're used to voting as they're told or threatened.

  • Man (through translator):

    Can be beaten. Even if they don't, houses can be burnt.

  • John Ray:

    Xavier's seen many elections, but none like this.

  • Man:

    This time, people of different political parties could share together, of which they choose democracy.

  • John Ray:

    This has been an election of many firsts, no Mugabe, no violence, and maybe, after a momentous day, the outcome will be something new.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    That report from John Ray of Independent Television News.

    Meanwhile, Cambodia's powerful ruling party easily won a sweeping election victory on Sunday. Prime minister Hun Sen has ruled for 33 years, and now gets another five. The main opposition group was forcibly dissolved last year, and it called the election a sham.

    The prime minister of Greece has made his first visit to the seaside resort where a wildfire killed at least 91 people last week. Alexis Tsipras met today with firefighters and army personnel in Mati, near Athens. His government is being criticized for being ill-prepared. The Greek fire service had warned that years of budget cuts left it unable to handle multiple big fires.

    Independent investigators in Malaysia say they have failed to solve the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. It disappeared in March of 2014, carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China. Investigators today confirmed the jetliner was intentionally diverted across the Indian Ocean. They ruled out blaming the crew.

  • Kok Soo Chon:

    We are not of the opinion that it could have been an event committed by the pilot, but at the same time, we cannot deny the fact that there was an air turn-back. We are not ruling out any possibilities. We are just saying that, no matter what we do, we cannot exclude the possibility of a third person or third party or unlawful interference.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The investigators say they will never know what happened to the plane unless the bulk of the wreckage is found.

    Pope Francis today accepted the resignation of Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson for covering up sexual abuse of children. Last may, an Australian criminal court convicted Wilson of concealing the abuse of two altar boys by a priest. It happened in the 1970s.

    Back in this country, the former personnel chief at the Federal Emergency Management Agency is accused of harassing women and farming them out to agency buddies as sex partners. The Washington Post and other cite an internal investigation that says Corey Coleman created a toxic atmosphere going back to 2015. Coleman resigned last month before investigators could interview him.

    CBS is keeping CEO Leslie Moonves in place for now while it investigates allegations of sexual misconduct against him and others at the television network. The board of directors said today that it's hiring an outside counsel to look into the matter. "The New Yorker" magazine has reported claims by six women against Moonves over three decades.

    On Wall Street today, Twitter lost another 8 percent of its value as tech stocks sent the broader market lower. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 144 points to close at 25306. The Nasdaq fell 107 points, more than 1 percent. And the S&P 500 slipped 16.

    And former California Congressman and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums died early today in Washington, after fighting cancer. He was a fiery anti-war and social justice advocate, and he helped start the Congressional Black Caucus during his 27 years in the U.S. House. Ron Dellums was 82 years old.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour," deadly California wildfires force thousands to flee; violence erupts in Nicaragua amid political discontent; our Politics Monday duo explains President Trump's threat to shut down the government; and much more.

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