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27 December, 2018, 08:12 | Author: Sara Gill
  • A woman holds a sign expressing Latino support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at his campaign rally at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa

And that was all before a Bloomberg News report late Friday that Trump was talking openly to advisers about firing Jerome Powell, the head of the nation's central bank - whose independence from the president is a bedrock feature of the U.S. financial system. During prior shutdowns, lawmakers generally have voted to retroactively pay all employees - those who worked and those who were furloughed - after the government re-opens.

The setting sun illuminates clouds behind the White House during a partial federal shutdown in Washington. "The whole thing is juvenile". "We're going to have safety".

"I'll call it whatever they want, but it's all the same thing", he told reporters after participating in a holiday video conference with representatives from the five branches of the United States military stationed in Alaska, Bahrain, Guam and Qatar. They said they just want their jobs back.

Jessica Tarlov noted a possible solution to the shutdown could have been the offer from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) of $1.6 billion for "border security" - an offer Trump rejected.

Building the wall was one of Trump's most frequently repeated campaign promises, but Democrats are vehemently opposed to it.

In a Christmas Day video conference, he said some federal workers affected by the shutdown support him in his fight for $5 billion in funding for the border wall. Workers deemed non-essential will be furloughed, while "essential" workers will be required to report to their jobs, but with no guarantee of a paycheck.


Sections of fencing have been repaired along the US-Mexico border but no new wall has been built, and top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said over the weekend the President "must abandon the wall, plain and simple" to reopen the government. "This is about 800,000 real people with real families and real bills to pay".

President Donald Trump says he'll do "whatever it takes" to get funding for border security, signaling no end in sight to the partial government shutdown.

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One in flight as he travels from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, to Bedminster, New Jersey, June 29, 2018.

"I can't tell you when the government's going to be open".

Trump excused federal employees from work on Monday and Christmas is a federal holiday, meaning the public could begin feeling the shutdown's effects on Wednesday. "I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they'd like to call it", Trump said in the Oval Office after a video conference with USA troops, who are stationed overseas. In contrast, he's now ready for a reset and a shake-up of his Cabinet to surround himself with advisers more aligned to his political outlook, and he's coming to the view he should have done so from the start of his administration.

Erwin also says Trump's words were particularly stinging since they were issued on Christmas Day.

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