No signs of a deal to end partial government shutdown

Anna Jefferson
December 27, 2018

"So we're going to have great wall there and we have other sections to give out".

He denounced opposition lawmakers for denying him funding for his southern border wall and denounced them as hypocrites for criticizing his firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey.

"I'll call it whatever they want, but it's all the same thing", he told reporters after participating in a holiday video conference with representatives from the five branches of the USA military stationed in Alaska, Bahrain, Guam and Qatar.

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, December 25, marked Christmas with a renewed attack on the central bank over plunging stocks, as he aired a catalogue of grievances in a downbeat gathering at the Oval Office.

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"I can't tell you when the government is going to re-open", he told reporters, adding that he will not sign any spending bill to end the crisis until "we have a wall, a fence, whatever they'd like to call it". Banderas laid out a series of reasons why the wall won't be built, including the enormous cost of buying up land on the border.

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

"I'm very concerned that you're holding the federal government hostage for your latest whim - that's a widespread feeling, and many Republicans privately share that concern", Connolly said. "We need safety for our country", Mr. Trump told reporters after meeting with USA service members in Iraq on Wednesday. Promises kept. "President Trump believes one of his strengths is he is actually doing the things he told people he would do", said Marc Lotter, a member of Trump's 2020 advisory committee and former spokesman for Vice President Mike Pence.

A partial United States government shutdown entered its fifth day on Wednesday with no signs of negotiation on breaking the stalemate over funding for a border wall.

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As a result, Trump feels vindicated in his political instincts and is increasingly unmoved by advisers, they said. Workers are not paid in full while on leave, though are customarily compensated with backdated pay once the shutdown is over. While the caravan of thousands approached our borders, Democrats argued that it was no more than a spontaneous effort by oppressed women and children seeking a safe harbor.

"Nancy Pelosi is calling the shots, not Chuck", Trump said, referring to Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY. Some 380,000 federal employees have been furloughed; another 420,000 are working without pay. After a weekend and two holiday days for federal employees, Wednesday was the first regularly scheduled workday affected by the shutdown.

Trump had previously said he was prepared for a lengthy shutdown and when asked on Wednesday how long he would wait to get what he wants, he said, "Whatever it takes". "(I) thought it would be wrong for me to be with my family.

He also had said Mexico would pay for the wall.

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Mr Trump said he envisions a wall so tall "like a three-story building", that only an Olympic champion would be able to scale it.

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