The setting sun illuminates clouds behind the White House during a partial federal shutdown in Washington.
Trump declined to tell reporters Wednesday what amount of wall funding he would accept to end the shutdown. "They want border security". I want a wall.
Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said at the weekend the president "must abandon the wall, plain and simple" to reopen the government.
The stalemate over how much to spend and how to spend it caused the partial government shutdown that began following a lapse in funding for departments and agencies that make up about 25 per cent of the government. 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.
'Including (expected House of Represetatives leader) Nancy Pelosi, until i fired him, and once I fired him everybody said "Oh why did you fire him, why did you fire him?"
Trump also insisted Tuesday that the wall - through renovations and new contracts - is actually already scheduled to be built and refurbished. He told CNN, "I don't know that there's a lot of progress that has been made today".More news: Putin’s rejection of second Brexit referendum an insult, says David Miliband
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The president appeared to be trying to use his unprovoked attack on Comey as a way of highlighting supposedly unpredictable behavior from the Democratic party that has led to the current government shutdown. The shutdown began at midnight last Friday.
Earlier that day, Trump met border security with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other department officials. At Trump's urging, the House approved that package and inserted the $5.7 billion he had requested. "Nobody's going to work until I get funding for my wall, for my ridiculous metal-spiked wall".
The White House was eerily quiet Wednesday morning.
"Many of those workers have said to me and communicated, stay out until you get the funding for the wall", said Trump. They have been told they will have 24 hours' notice before being called back for votes. On Capitol Hill, there was little stirring even as late at 11 a.m., with newspapers piled up outside the offices of the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Majority Leader's and Minority Whip's offices, for instance. He was supposed to spend Christmas at Mar-a-Lago with FLOTUS Melania Trump and their whole family but apparently, he can not join them due to the government problems that he needs to solve.
The shutdown has been playing out against the backdrop of turmoil in the stock market, which is having a roller-coaster week.
Some 800,000 government workers are affected. "For most parks, there will be no National Park Service-provided visitor services, such as restrooms, trash collection, facilities, or road maintenance".