Trump digs in on the wall and the shutdown

27 December, 2018, 08:12 | Author: Kevin Carter
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He declined to say what amount of wall funding he would accept in a deal to end the shutdown, stressing the need for border security. Mr. Trump promised voters border security at least in part by building a "wall" to secure the nation's southern border.

"I'll call it whatever they want, but it's all the same thing."

Following weeks of failed talks between Trump and congressional leaders, parts of the USA government shut down on Saturday, affecting about 800,000 employees of the Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation and other agencies. "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", Trump said in the Oval Office after a video conference with USA troops, who are stationed overseas.

Trump made these remarks while taking questions from reporters during a briefing with USA military leaders shortly after landing in Iraq.

The federal budget impasse is over President Donald Trump's push for money to build a border wall. "I'm not going to talk about it now", he said.

Trump has made clear in public comments and tweets that he believes Powell is hurting the U.S. economy and contributing to stock market losses - two things that need to be strong to improve Trump's re-election chances.

Say what one wants about President Donald J. Trump, but he is a man who makes every effort to keep his promises.

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The White House continues to negotiate privately with Democratic congressional leaders, although the office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the two sides remain "very far apart", per the Associated Press. Those who are considered to be essential employees are reporting for duty, but will not get a paycheck for that work until the shutdown is over.

About 25 per cent of the federal government has been shut down amid the standoff, with roughly 800,000 federal workers nationwide expected to be affected.

"Many of those workers have said to me and communicated, stay out until you get the funding for the wall", said Trump.

"I don't care if you call it a slat, a fence, a wall - it's not happening", Banderas added.

"They're going to be paid", Representative Scott Perry, a Pennsylvania Republican who supports giving Mr Trump US$5 billion for the wall, told reporters before the shutdown.

Paul Shearon, the president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, in a statement said the union has not heard from a single member who supports Trump's position.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said at the weekend the president "must abandon the wall, plain and simple" to reopen the government. About 8 in 10 employees of the National Park Service are staying home, and many parks have closed. "Do I think the dynamics are going to change much come the new year?" They pointed to problems beyond the shutdown, including heavy losses on Wall Street and Trump's decision to fire his defense secretary.



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