Donald Trump Demands Wall for Christmas During Shutdown

The shutdown occurred after the 72-year-old president demanded over bn to fund the construction of the wall on the border with Mexico

Trump even suggested that federal workers are willingly forgoing pay because they want a wall.

Nothing new, except we need border security, ' he told reporters at the White House on Monday while participating in the annual tradition of answering telephone calls from children calling for Santa. We are working so hard to catch these traffickers.

In a Christmas Day video conference, he said some federal workers affected by the shutdown support him in his fight for $5 billion in funding for the border wall. The new Congress-in which the Democrats will control the House of Representatives-is set to take effect in the new year, which will provide a new barrier for Trump. Mulvaney withheld specifics, but a Democratic aide granted anonymity to discuss the private talks said the White House offered $2.5 billion - an initial $2.1 billion plus $400 million Democrats called a "slush fund" for the president's other immigration priorities.

A shutdown affecting parts of the federal government appeared no closer to resolution today, with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats locked in a hardening standoff over border wall funding that threatens to carry over into January.

Parts of USA gov't shut down after politicians fail to reach deal
The US Postal Service, busy delivering packages for the holiday season, would not be affected because it is an independent agency. The House is set to return from recess at noon on Saturday, meaning the closure may be temporary if a deal can still be reached.

"The American public is demanding a wall", Trump said while on the ground at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq.

Christmas Day now marks the fourth day of the partial government shutdown with no end in sight.

However, the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), a union that falls under the AFGE and supports almost 17,000 border agents and personnel employed by U.S. Border Patrol, says that while the organization does not support the shutdown, it does support the border wall. I've been at the White House. But Democrats see the border wall as wasteful and ineffective. We are not going to let that take place. Mr. Trump has publicly expressed regrets about appointing Jerome Powell as Fed chairman, but Mnuchin said on Saturday night that the president will not fire Powell - a move scholars believe may not pass legal muster. Some 800,000 federal workers must work without pay for the time being, or stay home and wait to be paid later. "It's stressful for staff, it's stressful for inmates, and the government shutdown and not knowing if you're going to get a paycheck in a couple of weeks is an unneeded stress", he said.

The stalemate over how much to spend and how to spend it caused the partial government shutdown that began on Saturday following a lapse in funding for departments and agencies that make up about 25 per cent of the government. "Nobody's going to work until I get funding for my wall, for my ridiculous metal-spiked wall". "But it's all the same thing", he said of Democrats' preference to give him federal monies for border "fencing" rather than the concrete and steel wall on which he campaigned so hard in 2016.

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