Donald Trump was in no mood to compromise today as he told Democrats he would not back down from the partial government shut-down until they agree to fund the remainder of the border wall.
Trump excused around 800,000 federal employees from work on Monday. Since Christmas is a holiday the effects on the public have been minimal but the workers must either work without pay for the time being, or stay home and wait to be paid later. However, several Cabinet departments and agencies have been closed since Saturday after their funding lapsed.
The White House is putting the cost of completion of the wall at $5.7 billion but the Democrats have offered $1.3 billion, according to budget director Mick Mulvaney.
The President said: “I can’t tell you when the government is going to be open. I can tell you it’s not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they want to call it. It’s a barrier from people pouring into our country. It’s a barrier from drugs.”
He added that he has the support of federal workers: “Many of those workers have said to me, communicated, ‘stay out until you get the funding for the wall.’ These federal workers want the wall.”