Trump insists on building border wall amid government shutdown

President Donald Trump answers questions from the media after speaking with members of the military by video conference on Christmas Day Tuesday Dec. 25 2018 in the Oval Office of the White House

Trump insists on building border wall amid government shutdown

"What we do support - Democrats and Republicans - is real, effective border security".

"Either Trump never meant to build a wall and was scamming voters from the beginning or he hasn't the first idea in how to get it done and no interest in finding out", Coulter told the conservative outlet The Daily Caller. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

More than 380,000 federal employees also face furloughs - unpaid time off - though Congress could pass legislation to pay workers for any pay missed as a result of furloughs.

Asked what he would do if House Democrats send him a funding bill without wall funding in January, Trump said that his political opponents would be engaging in "presidential harassment" when they take over the House of Representatives, an apparent reference to Democrats' plans to conduct oversight of the Trump administration and investigate his family business and finances. The House isn't expected to meet formally Thursday.

"I can't tell you when the government is going to be open", Trump said in the Oval Office on Christmas Day.

President Trump reiterated Tuesday that he is in no mood to compromise over funding for a wall along the southern border, and Democrats who oppose the measure are showing no signs of budging either.

Trump told reporters "it's complicated" when asked a whether his demand for $5 billion was negotiable.

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

Trump wants the Democrats to fund for a border wall to stop illegal immigrants from entering the US.

It's believed that offer from the White House was rejected. Schumer's office said the parties remained 'very far apart'.

A sign is displayed at the National Archives building that is closed because of a US government shutdown in Washington, Dec. 22, 2018.

Not breaking from his Twitter habit even on Christmas, President Donald Trump extended his holiday wishes to the press while bashing them in the same breath.

"You have to have a wall, you have to have protection, " he said.

"These federal workers want the wall".

In a Christmas eve statement, the Democratic leaders jointly released a statement accusing Trump of "plunging the country into chaos". "Different people from the same White House are saying different things about what the President would accept or not accept to end his #TrumpShutdown, making it impossible to know where they stand at any given moment", Schumer tweeted.

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