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Trump to visit Mexico border for groundbreaking

Trump to visit Mexico border for groundbreaking

"Have the Democrats finally realized that we desperately need Border Security and a Wall on the Southern Border".

The US President did not say how he was hearing from federal workers, excluding those he appointed to their jobs or who work with him in the White House. He has blamed Democrats for the impasse, which came to a head over the weekend after lawmakers refused to agree to $5 billion in funding to begin building a border wall or fence, something the president has long championed.

"I'm not going to talk about it now", he said.

Roughly 44,000 U.S. Coast Guard employees are considered essential, and will report to work this week without pay, with another 6,000 furloughed.

"I'll call it whatever they want, but it's all the same thing", he told reporters after participating in a holiday video conference with representatives from all five branches of the military stationed in Alaska, Bahrain, Guam and Qatar.

Trump has demanded $5 billion for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

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The stalemate over how much to spend and how to spend it caused the partial government shutdown that began Saturday following a lapse in funding for departments and agencies that make up about 25 percent of the government.

Former Clinton adviser Philippe Reines agreed that that would be the most probable outcome, since Republicans can not really deny that Trump has taken ownership of the shutdown. Democrats have offered $1.3 billion for other border security measures.

"We don't want to unnecessarily burden them, but they are aware that the government is shut down and Daddy's paycheck isn't coming", said Ortega, who added that her family does not live paycheck to paycheck but said she has already reconsidered things like getting her auto washed and whether to buy coffee in the morning.

President Trump said the partial government shutdown will continue until Democrats approve a budget proposal that includes funds to construct a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

It's unclear what percentage of furloughed federal workers are registered Democrats. That jump-started negotiations between Congress and the White House, but the deadline came and went without a deal. Paul Greenberg, a Nasa research scientist and physicist at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, is working on a project funded by Homeland Security to build sensor packages that first responders and firefighters can wear to monitor their exposure, as well as a telescope to send data back from deep space. Paul Shearon, president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, said the union has not heard from a single member who supports Trump's position.