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On Christmas Day, Trump Lays Down the Law About Shutdown—He Is Not Messing Around!

On Christmas Day President Trump laid down the law about the government shutdown, saying it will continue until funding for the border wall is included in the budget, as the CBS News reports:

As the government remains partially closed through the holidays, President Trump said the impasse in budget negotiations will continue until his $5 billion demand for border wall funding is met. He spoke to reporters in the Oval Office on Christmas morning.

“I can’t tell you when the government is going to reopen,” Mr. Trump said after hosting a video conference call with U.S. troops stationed overseas to thank them for their service.

“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.”

Asked about the hundreds of thousands of federal employees working without pay or furloughed during the shutdown, the president said workers want the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I think they understand what’s happening. They want border security. The people of this country want border security,” he said, adding, “The only ones who don’t are Democrats.”

I think the President is right.

The American people want border security and the only ones who don’t want that are the Democrats.

We all know that you can’t have a country without borders and controls on who is allowed to enter.

The President has lofty goals for border security, as the DailyMail reports:

The president said in the Oval Office on Tuesday that he is aiming to 500 to 550 miles of wall either renovated or completed by Election Day in 2020.

t’s a lofty goal for the administration, especially considering that Democrats and the White House have been unable to agree on language pertaining to the president’s ‘border wall’ in a spending bill for the current fiscal year, forcing a partial government closure.

In the Oval Office the president claimed that he’s getting $25 billion from Congress for border security that has already been approved. Any legislation that contained money for border security like what Trump was describing has not passed Congress, however.

‘That’s for everything,’ Trump said of the larger pot on Tuesday morning. ‘Plus we have some wall money in there. But, we want the wall money to be increased. Because I want to finish it.’

Trump said just yesterday that the $25 billion his administration is seeking for border security is not the same as the money he’s seeking for the border wall. The White House last said it was seeking somewhere between $1.6 billion and $5 billion for just the border wall.

 

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