Donald Trump Demands Wall for Christmas During Shutdown

Donald Trump Demands Wall for Christmas During Shutdown

Donald Trump Demands Wall for Christmas During Shutdown

Most of the federal government, which directly employs nearly 4 million people, is unaffected.

US President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday he would not reopen the government until he gets $5 billion to fund his border wall, as the partial government shutdown dragged into a fourth day. "It is all about the wall, it's all about border security, it's all about promises of 2016 that the Democrats oppose mightily and it's going to be a very interesting year". "Whatever it takes, we're going to have a wall, we're going to have safety".

"You have to have a wall, you have to have protection", he said.

A deal to fund shuttered government departments still seemed out of reach Wednesday, the fifth day of the partial shutdown.

"If Democrats believe that this president is going to yield on this particular issue, they are misreading him", Meadows told CNN.

The impasse over government funding began last week, when the Senate approved a bipartisan deal keeping government open into February.

Trump has made securing the southern border a focal point of his presidency, with plans to beef up border security and create a wall as key components.

The president said Tuesday, he wanted to be with his family for Christmas, who were in Florida. "Meanwhile, different people from the same White House are saying different things about what the president would accept or not accept to end his Trump Shutdown, making it impossible to know where they stand at any given moment", they said.

"They're raising interest rates too fast because they think the economy is so good but I think that they will get it pretty soon, I really do", Trump said. Chuck Schumer and House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi, aren't backing down. Trump had said he'd be "proud" to shut down the government in a fight over the wall.

The shutdown has been playing out against the backdrop of turmoil in the stock market, which is having a roller-coaster week.

Several Cabinet departments and agencies have been closed since Saturday after their funding lapsed, and Mulvaney warned the shutdown could stretch into January, when Democrats are set to take back control the House.

The government shutdown doesn't mean an extended Christmas break for about 400,000 federal employees deemed essential.

Those being furloughed include 52,000 workers at the Internal Revenue Service and almost everyone at NASA. Neither the White House nor the Department of Homeland Security responded to follow-up questions, despite repeated requests.

"The president falsely claims that "many" federal workers support the shutdown and have told him to 'stay out.' We have not heard from a single member who supports the president's inaction". Democrats have dug in and are refusing to give in to Trump's demand for $5 billion.

"During the Christmas season, we rejoice in God's many blessings", said Mrs. Trump. "Most view this as an act of ineptitude", Shearon's statement continued.

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