Published: Wed, December 26, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Government stays closed as long as Dems reject wall

Government stays closed as long as Dems reject wall

President Donald Trump said that federal workers furloughed in a partial government shutdown support his effort to force Democrats to vote to spend billions of dollars for a wall on the Mexican border.

In a later tweet, he said the administration just awarded a contract for a section of wall in Texas and that "Democrats must end Shutdown and finish funding".

In the book "Crippled America", published during the presidential campaign, Trump wrote: " I will build a great wall on the southern border.

"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", he said.

Trump also reiterated his claim that he already has sufficient funding to build a wall in the $25 billion that Congress approved for border security during the last round of funding talks, but that "We want the wall money to be increased, because I want to finish it". There is a problem in this world today called human trafficking ...

"We can't do it without a barrier. The only thing that stops it is a wall", he said.

"Now, there may be the case of an Olympic champion who can get over the wall, but for the most part, you're not able to do it".

And domestic issues are just part of the far from merry Christmas picture, with Trump also juggling a trade war with China and fallout from his abrupt decision to pull USA troops from Afghanistan and Syria.

And the Democrats held firm in their opposition to a wall or other physical barrier.

Democrats and some Republicans in Congress oppose the plans as impractical, unnecessary and fuelling xenophobia against Central Americans.

USA braces for lengthy government shutdown
Mulvaney's comments came after the Senate adjourned on Saturday, which meant the shutdown would likely continue past Christmas. Large sections of the federal government closed at 12:01am on Saturday in the third shutdown of Trump's 23 months in office.

The stock market malaise comes with Trump refusing to sign a budget bill to keep the government funded as he demands $5 billion for a US-Mexico border wall - a pillar of his election platform.

Meanwhile, he declined to estimate when the partial shutdown of the federal government will end, maintaining his demand that Congress approve more money for the wall project.

"It just raises more alarm bells for people "that maybe there is something bigger going on" if it's necessary to have phone calls with the six biggest bank CEOs", said Manulife AM senior portfolio manager Nate Thooft. "The only one that doesn't want the wall are the Democrats".

It's no secret what Donald Trump wants for Christmas, and there's nothing Santa can do about it.

Trump excused federal employees from work on Monday and Christmas is a federal holiday, meaning the public could begin to notice the shutdown's effects on Wednesday.

There was a flurry of activity Friday night and Saturday, including a proposal to end the impasse from the White House to Schumer of NY. Democrats say a wall is wasteful and ineffective.

Trump chimed in from the White House, where he has relentlessly tweeted on a variety of issues while being cooped up in the mansion since Saturday, when the shutdown began.

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. "That's like a three-story building".

He ended his remarks by declaring: 'It's a disgrace what's happening in our country, but other than that, I wish everybody a very merry Christmas'.

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