Trump signals no end in sight to shutdown
- Author: Rogelio Becker Dec 27, 2018,
Dec 27, 2018, 0:44
"It's a 2,000-mile border but much of it has mountain and region where you can't get across", Trump said. They don't work in politics and they don't want to. They unequivocally oppose using shutdowns as a means of resolving policy disputes.
The promise of a border wall was a central component of Mr Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.
Trump claimed the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are furloughed due to the shutdown also want the wall, despite a lack of evidence supporting the contention. "Nobody's going to work until I get funding for my wall, for my ridiculous metal-spiked wall".
Earlier that day, Trump met border security with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other department officials.
Democrats have refused his demands for United States dollars 5 billion in funding for his border wall in a standoff that resulted in a partial government at midnight on Friday. The White House has not yet provided further information on this new section of the wall. "I can tell you it's not gonna be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they'd like to call it". "I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they would like to call it". Instead he cast blame on Democrats and said "the American public is demanding a wall".
But Randy Erwin, national president of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), staunchly disagrees with that assertion.
The White House warned over the weekend that the shutdown standoff could extend into the new year, and Trump on Tuesday made clear he's not planning to budge either. We are working so hard to catch these traffickers.
"I'd rather not be doing shutdowns".
Some 800,000 federal workers must either work without pay for the time being, or stay home and wait to be paid later.
"We represent many workers making salaries in the high 20s to low 40s". This year, it's not just his pay but also his Christmas break on the line.
But several federal employees living across the country paint a different picture.
A new Treasury Employees Union survey also showed that almost 80% of its members are "very concerned" about paying for their basic living expenses this month, and even more are tightening their belts as they worry about delayed or lost pay, the union said.
"Even if you agree with the wall do you want the government shut down over the wall?" "And once I fired him, everybody said, 'Oh, why did you fire him?"
Nothing new, except we need border security, ' he told reporters at the White House on Monday while participating in the annual tradition of answering telephone calls from children calling for Santa.
"It makes people feel really disrespected". They are bad people.