By The Blaze. During a Christmas call with U.S. troops, President Donald Trump made it clear that there won’t be a quick end to the partial shutdown of the government unless Democrats cave on their refusal to fund the border wall that was a signature promise of his campaign.
President Trump made the remarks on Tuesday morning in response to a question about when he thought the government would be reopened. In response, 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.”
In response to a question from a reporter in the Oval Office, President Trump touted some of the progress that has recently been made on border security, and also explained some of the claims he has made on Twitter in recent days about sections of the wall that are already under construction.
“One other thing people don’t understand or know… we’ve renovated massive amounts of very good wall — wall that was good but was in bad shape…. And in addition to that, and I think very, very importantly, we’ve built a lot of new wall. So it’s all being built; the new piece, the new section, it’s very, very exciting what’s going on there, and you’ll see it because in January I’m going there. … So, while we’re fighting over funding, we’re also building, and it’s my hope to have this done, or completed — all five hundred to five hundred-fifty miles — to have it either renovated or brand new by election time,” Trump said.
Trump also reiterated his claim that he already has sufficient funding to build a wall in the $25 billion that Congress approved for border security during the last round of funding talks, but that “We want the wall money to be increased, because I want to finish it.” (Read more from “President Trump Announces When the Shutdown Will End” HERE)
Trump’s Christmas message to Democrats: Government shutdown will last ‘until we have a wall’
By Fox News. President Trump has a Christmas message for Democrats – the government is going to remain partially shut down “until we have a wall [or] fence.”
Trump, speaking to reporters Tuesday in the Oval Office during the fourth day of the impasse, also revealed that he will be going to the border in Texas for a “groundbreaking” ceremony for a portion of the project at the end of January.
“While we’re fighting over funding, we’re also building, and it’s my hope to have this done, completed, all 500 to 550 miles, to have it either renovated or brand new by Election Day,” he said.
Democrats, though, remain opposed to approving additional funding for a border wall as part of a new government spending package — and their hand only strengthens once the party takes control of the House next month. The White House warned over the weekend that the shutdown standoff could extend into the new year, and Trump on Tuesday made clear he’s not planning to budge either. (Read more from “Trump’s Christmas message to Democrats: Government shutdown will last ‘until we have a wall’” HERE)