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Trump Wants Whole Wall Done by 2020 Election, Won’t Predict Shutdown End

Trump Wants Whole Wall Done by 2020 Election, Won’t Predict Shutdown End

Prior to Christmas Day, Trump complained about spending Christmas Eve "all alone" in the White House, following up a tweet with "poor me".

President Donald Trump met today with his Homeland Security secretary and other officials to discuss border security issues as a partial government shutdown over his U.S. -Mexico border wall entered Christmas without a clear resolution in sight.

"I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall or fence, whatever they'd like to call it", Trump said, referring to Democrats who staunchly oppose walling off the border.

Funding for about a quarter of U.S. government services ran out on Friday at midnight, as Senate Democrats refused to endorse a House funding bill that would've given Trump $5.7 billion for the border wall.

Democrats said they were open to proposals that don't include a wall, which Schumer said is costly and ineffective.

Senators have approved a bipartisan deal to keep the government open into February and provide $1.3 billion for border security projects, but not the wall. He said he had awarded a contract "at a great price" for a 115-mile section of wall in Texas and plans to visit the site in January for "a ground-breaking" ceremony.

Trump has said the stalemate will only end if the Democrats, who now control the lower House of Representatives, agree to fund the wall.

But while trying to pin the blame on Democrats, Mulvaney, speaking on "Fox News Sunday", acknowledged that Trump's hardline stand played a role. I've been at the White House.

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

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The Senate adjourned for the Christmas holiday on Saturday as Trump held fast to his demand and Democrats refused to budge.

The border wall was one of Trump's signature campaign promises, which he said is necessary to ensure border security, and prevent unvetted people from coming across illegally.

Trump acknowledged the impasse has no foreseeable end date, telling reporters he couldn't say when the government would fully reopen.

TheStreet.com explains it beautifully: In the USA, a shutdown happens when the President and the national legislature, known as the Congress, "don't agree on a plan to continue funding [the government's] operations".

Trump has reportedly put off his scheduled trip to Florida for Christmas and remains in #Washington along with the first lady, Melania Trump.

"The president wanted the shutdown, but seems not to know how to get himself out of it", Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and incoming House speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote in a joint statement.

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.

In an Oval Office appearance on Christmas morning, Trump praised Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin despite the stock markets suffering their steepest Christmas Eve decline in decades but was more circumspect about his handpicked Fed chair.

Justin Goodman, a spokesman for Schumer, countered: "If Director Mulvaney says the Trump Shutdown will last into the New Year, believe him, because it's their shutdown". The White House Visitor Centre and the National Archives - home to the US Constitution and other historic documents - were also closed. In some areas we have it as high as 30 feet.