President Trump says the partial government shutdown will not end until Democrats agree to put up billions for his border wall.
A large part of the federal government is still closed. The President is also backing his Treasury Secretary after he caused more uncertainty on Wall Street.
After wishing Merry Christmas to troops from the Oval Office, President Trump vowed to keep the government closed until he gets more money for his wall.
“I can’t tell you when the government’s gonna be open,” said Trump. “I can tell you it’s not gonna be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they’d like to call it.”
Mr. Trump claimed workers affected by the partial shutdown wanted him to fight for the wall.
“Many of those workers have said to me and communicated, stay out until you get the funding for the wall,” said Trump.
But many of those federal workers sounded off on Twitter, saying they want to return to work and get paid.
The President is locked in a bitter stalemate with Democratic lawmakers who have said they will not support any money for a wall.
In a joint statement Democratic Congressional leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi wrote: “The President wanted the shutdown, but he seems not to know how to get himself out of it.”
And while Mr. Trump, in a flurry of Tweets said he was, “Waiting for Democrats to make a deal…” stock markets went on a Christmas Eve free fall.
The President blamed the Federal Reserve, calling it “the only problem our economy has…”
But he expressed support for his Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, who attempted to intervene in the stock market struggles by calling the heads of U-S Banks over the weekend.
When asked if President Trump has confidence in Secretary Mnuchin, he said, “Yes. Yes I do. Very talented guy, very smart person.”