Donald Trump insists shutdown will not end unless Congress funds border wall

Donald Trump insists shutdown will not end unless Congress funds border wall

"It's a disgrace what's happening in our country, but other than that I wish everybody a very Merry Christmas", he said.

As for whether he has confidence in Mnuchin, whose Sunday calls to reassure major bank executives rattled investors and may have exacerbated Monday's sell-off, Trump told reporters, "Yes, I do".

Negotiations between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration over the President's demands for a border wall have so far not yielded an agreement, and the shutdown will continue until at least Thursday, when the Senate returns to Washington.

"It's Christmas Eve and President Trump is plunging the country into chaos", the Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement, which both also shared through their Twitter accounts. "I'll call it whatever they want. The only one that doesn't want the wall are the Democrats, because they don't mind open borders, but open borders mean massive amounts of crime", he said.

Democrats oppose spending any money on a wall or fence, pushing instead for increased use of technology to control access at the border. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, said as long as President Trump keeps listening to the Freedom Caucus and others on the right flank, there is no easy resolution to the impasse.

The outcome of the shutdown will set the stage for the next two years of divided government in Washington, with Republicans in control of the White House and Senate and Democrats running the House.

He also said that federal paychecks would go out as scheduled on December 28, and only a future payday, scheduled for January 11, would be affected.

"Insane!" the President said on Monday.

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In a nod to the political stakes he's facing, the president said he wants the wall by "election time" in 2020.

President Donald Trump said the federal government will remain shut down unless there is an agreement on some type of border wall or fence.

The routines of about 800,000 federal employees, meanwhile, were about to be disrupted.

Justin Goodman, a spokesman for Schumer, countered: "If Director Mulvaney says the Trump Shutdown will last into the New Year, believe him, because it's their shutdown".

"I love the White House, but I wasn't able to be with my family". Many are still working but must wait until after the shutdown to be paid again.

Trump praised existing construction of replacement walls on the Southern border, promising to visit the site in January. As this was refused by the Democrats, Trump initiated the shutdown.

His comments came after Asian markets suffered a holiday rout, with Tokyo suffering its worst finish since April 2017 after a brutal run on Wall Street that saw USA stocks sink for a fourth straight session. The White House Visitor Centre and the National Archives - home to the US Constitution and other historic documents - were also closed. The essential workers have back pay guaranteed once their agency gets funded. As Trump claimed that the wall's construction is already underway, he spoke of how his barricade will be impregnable to everyone...well, nearly everyone. Opponents have also noted previous efforts to strengthen the border that have been cheaper than building a wall.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Trump and the Democrats need to resolve the dispute over boarder funding before he brings up legislation to end the shutdown in the Senate.