Trump promises government shutdown will remain unless border wall funding is approved
Today, President Trump vowed the government shutdown will continue until his border wall receives funding. He also promised to visit the border in January 2019.CNN reports that President Trump said, “I can’t tell you when the government is going to be open. 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.”
Through Twitter, Trump revealed he already approved a 115 miles long border wall.
I am in the Oval Office & just gave out a 115 mile long contract for another large section of the Wall in Texas. We are already building and renovating many miles of Wall, some complete. Democrats must end Shutdown and finish funding. Billions of Dollars, & lives, will be saved!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018
“It’s going to be built, hopefully rapidly. I’m going there at the end of January for the start of construction,” he said. “That’s a big stretch. We’re almost having a groundbreaking, it’s such a big section. It’s probably the biggest section we’ll get out.”
Despite Trump’s announcement, the White House did not release any details to support or refute his claim.
President Trump consistently reiterated the border wall is wanted by many federal workers, but did not mention their names.
“But many of those workers have said to me and communicated, stay out until you get the funding for the wall. These federal workers want the wall. 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.
So far, the Trump administration and congressional Democrats are at a standstill and the shutdown will most likely continue until Thursday when Senators return from the holidays.
As Trump stands unyielding to the demands of migrants, Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to abuse and detain undocumented migrants and their children.