Donald Trump to visit Mexico border for groundbreaking

Donald Trump to visit Mexico border for groundbreaking

Donald Trump to visit Mexico border for groundbreaking

Since the shutdown fell over the weekend, and Monday and Tuesday were federal holidays, most government employees haven't felt the effects yet.

As a result, Trump feels vindicated in his political instincts and is increasingly unmoved by advisers, they said. They unequivocally oppose using shutdowns as a means of resolving policy disputes.

As the government shutdown entered its fourth day and expected to stretch at least well into the week, the president said the USA must have "a wall, a fence, whatever they want to call it".

In a Christmas Day appearance in the Oval Office, Mr Trump issued a lengthy defence of his desire for a wall, saying it is the only way to stop drugs and human traffickers from entering the US.

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

The shutdown, which began Friday at midnight, has hit about 25 per cent of the federal government.

With Democrats taking control of the House next month, Trump sees this as his last likely chance to secure funding for the border wall, fulfilling one of his most crucial promises of the campaign, his advisers say. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has said the wall funding will "never pass the Senate" and urged Trump to abandon the request so the government can be funded.

US Democratic leaders charged Monday that President Donald Trump was "plunging the country into chaos" with multiple crises and said he was offering no way to end a government shutdown.

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"These federal workers want the wall", he added. "The only one that doesn't want the wall are the Democrats".

But Randy Erwin, national president of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), staunchly disagrees with that assertion. I'll call it whatever they want, he said to reporters after the annual Christmas tradition of calling United States troops deployed overseas.

"And we've renovated a massive amount of wall and in addition to that - and I think ever, very importantly -we've built a lot of new wall, so it's all being built", he explained.

"We represent many workers making salaries in the high 20s to low 40s". He said he has great confidence in American companies and it's a great time to buy on Wall Street.

But several federal employees living across the country paint a different picture.

Trump, who remained in Washington through the Christmas holiday, fumed to reporters on Tuesday and gave no indication of when the shutdown might end. "Most view this as an act of ineptitude", Shearon's statement continued. Vice President Mike Pence is said to have proposed $2.1 billion for new border barriers in an offer to Democrats, along with $400 million for other Trump immigration priorities. "The only way you're going to do it is to have a physical barrier, meaning a wall. I'm not hearing anybody say that", he says.

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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