Donald Trump, the United States President, on Tuesday, said the partial shutdown of the federal government would last until his demand for funds to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is granted.
The government partially shut down last Saturday and, there is no possible sign of reopening agencies closed by the political impasse created by Trump’s request for border wall funds.
“I can’t tell you when the government is going to reopen,” Trump said, speaking after a Christmas Day video conference with U.S. troops serving abroad. “I can tell you it’s not going to reopen until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they’d like to call it. I’ll call it whatever they want, but it’s all the same thing. It’s a barrier from people pouring into the country, from drugs.”
He added: “If you don’t have that (the wall), then we’re just not opening.” Funding for about a quarter of federal programs – including the departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Agriculture – expired at midnight on Friday.
Without a deal to break the stalemate, the shutdown is likely to continue into the new year.
Trump’s desire to build a wall along the Mexico border with the U.S, is his most frequently repeated campaign promises, which Democrats are opposed to.
Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority leader, told Trump on Saturday, that he would not get funding for his wall, unless he stopped his threat to shut down the government. F.A