Trump vows no end to shutdown until wall funded

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A union that represents high-paid federal employees, including NASA rocket scientists and federal immigration judges, accused President Donald Trump of "gambling with the lives of federal workers" over the partial government shutdown Wednesday.

However, the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), a union that falls under the AFGE and supports almost 17,000 border agents and personnel employed by U.S. Border Patrol, says that while the organization does not support the shutdown, it does support the border wall. What they can't seem to agree on is what it should be spent on.

Christmas marked the fourth day of the partial USA government shutdown with no end in sight. "(I) thought it would be wrong for me to be with my family.

Although members of Congress left town for Christmas despite failing to pass a bill funding the government, the president remained at the White House instead of going to Florida.

"Nothing new. Nothing new on the shutdown".

Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a Trump ally who has been involved in the talks, said the president "is very firm in his resolve that we need to secure our border".

In a joint statement, the Democratic leaders of Congress, Sen.

Numerous employees affected by the shutdown also don't work a traditional work week, said Ashley De Smeth, a spokeswoman for the American Federation of Government Employees union.

The president doesn't know when the government is going to re-open, but he said he's confident that the federal workers - over 400,000 of whom have their paychecks and vacation days caught up in the political scrum - support his efforts to hold out for border wall funding.

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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.

Trump speaks with reporters after holding a video call with USA military service members in the Oval Office on Christmas morning in Washington, on Tuesday.

Mulvaney said he was waiting for Schumer's response.

Funding for about a quarter of federal programs - including the departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Agriculture - expired at midnight on Friday. He tweeted at one point about feeling lonely.

"I can't tell you when the government's going to be open", the president said in a Christmas Day video conference with representatives of all five military branches stationed in Alaska, Bahrain, Guam and Qatar.

Reports indicating that the caravan was organized by open-borders advocacy groups and led by a man wanted for terrorist activities were simply ignored by leading Democrats and a friendly media. The House and Senate briefly gaveled into session on Christmas Eve before quickly closing again with no further action.

The shutdown started Saturday after funding lapsed for nine Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies.

Barrett and Snyder are just two of the roughly 420,000 federal employees who will work without pay as the shutdown continues through this week.

High on the laundry list was the Democrats, whom he blamed for a partial government shutdown which dragged into its 4th day - paralyzing key federal services such as national parks - with no end in sight. He said he has great confidence in American companies and it's a great time to buy on Wall Street.

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