Partial government shutdown enters fifth day with no end in sight

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

27 December, 2018

Locked in a showdown with Congress over border wall funding, President Donald Trump moved the goalpost on Tuesday by suggesting that he would be satisfied with funding to renovate existing barrier - not just add barrier to parts of the border that aren't already fenced.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump told supporters that the wall would be built and that Mexico would pay for it. They have said they'll swiftly pass legislation to re-open the government, but the party largely opposes construction of a wall.

About 25 percent of discretionary government spending, spanning dozens of departments and agencies, has run out of money.

One union representing federal workers slammed Trump's claim. "It's a barrier from people pouring into the country, from drugs".

And the shutdown. "I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security", he wrote in one of a series of Tweets he sent out on issues ranging Syria, North Korea and the wall and the shutdown. 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.

"The Democrats hated him, they were calling for his resignation, they were calling for his firing", Mr. Trump said.

"I can't tell you when the government is going to reopen", he said. "I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they'd like to call it".

"I can't tell you when the government is going to be open", Trump said.

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John Deal, a Nasa contractor in Virginia, whose wife also works for the agency, posted online to say his family had lost 100% of their income, for the time being, because of the shutdown.

Congress isn't even slated to be in session again until Thursday, having fled town Saturday, which was the first day of the shutdown.

So far, the public and federal workers have largely been spared inconvenience and hardship because the government is closed on weekends and federal employees were excused from work on Christmas Eve and Christmas, a federal holiday.

'Including (expected House of Represetatives leader) Nancy Pelosi, until i fired him, and once I fired him everybody said "Oh why did you fire him, why did you fire him?"

The reference to 115 miles was unclear. Trump asked the girl.

After blasting former FBI Director James Comey unprovoked, the president offered the nation a closing message for the holiday.

"It's a disgrace what's happening in our country but, other than that, I wish everybody a very merry Christmas", he said.

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