Shutdown: Trump Twitter Video Stokes Fears of Drugs Gangs and Migrants in Plea for Wall Funding

President Donald Trump stoked fears of immigration in a video Friday as a government shutdown loomed, splicing his comments with footage appearing to show migrants forcing down a border fence.

"It's very dangerous out there," Trump said. "Drugs are pouring in, human trafficking, so many different problems, including gangs like MS-13. We don't want them in the United States."

The "only thing that's going to stop that is great border security with a wall or a slat fence or whatever you want to call it," Trump added. "But we need a great barrier."

Trump's comments came hours before a quarter of government departments closed over a failure by lawmakers to agree funding for Trump's wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.

The president has demanded $5 billion in funding for the wall, but Democrats have pledged that taxpayers will not foot the bill.

"Now it's up to the Senate, and it's really up to the Democrats because we need their votes," he said in the video, in an appeal for bipartisan backing.

He went on to blame Democrats for the impasse.

"We're going to have a shutdown. There's nothing we can do about that ... Call it a Democrat shutdown, call it whatever you want."

He concluded: "Let's get out, let's work together, let's be bipartisan and let's get it done. The shutdown hopefully will not last long."