Chuck Schumer doesn't deserve a pass for government shutdown

Watergate journalist explains why impeaching Trump has become ‘inevitable

Watergate journalist explains why impeaching Trump has become ‘inevitable

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he is prepared to wait as long as it takes to get $5 billion from taxpayers for his U.S. -Mexico border wall, a demand that has triggered a partial shutdown of the federal government that is now in its fifth day.

But several federal employees living across the country paint a different picture.

"Democrats can come out and say they supported billions for fencing, but when push comes to shove, and this is something that will get passed into law, they suddenly back off", Chmielenski said.

A driver enters the parking area at Mount Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, S.D., on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.

"I can't tell you when the government is going to reopen...."

Fox News's Outnumbered is down on President Donald Trump's wall - predicting it's not going to happen and that the president is in for a "tough ride" if he thinks otherwise.

The setting sun illuminates clouds behind the White House during a partial federal shutdown in Washington.

He also had said Mexico would pay for the wall.

The shutdown is an added concern when stress levels are already high.

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He's seen enough to know this shutdown brings "unnecessary stress", he said in an interview with ABC News.

Later Monday, Trump raised doubts over the existence of Father Christmas with a 7-year-old as he and wife Melania answered children's calls to defense agency NORAD's Santa tracker phone line.

"It's stressful enough to go inside a prison every day and work, especially around holidays. I'm not going to blame you for it". Effectively, this means that employees who were planning to take time off between the Christmas and New Year's holidays have to cancel their plans.

"You can't build something someone's never built before sitting on your a. doing nothing", he said.

The promise of a border wall was a central component of Mr Trump's presidential campaign in 2016. Leave it up to the experts, Barrett said. Is a wall the answer?

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.

The U.S. Capitol is shown during a partial shutdown of the federal government on December 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. It affects some 800,000 government workers. During prior shutdowns, lawmakers generally have voted to retroactively pay all employees - those who worked and those who were furloughed - after the government re-opens. Workers deemed non-essential will be furloughed, while "essential" workers will be required to report to their jobs, but with no guarantee of a paycheck.

"As the nation's top administrator [Trump] should be deeply concerned about the morale of his employees, the productivity of government agencies, and the ability of the government to attract and retain the best and the brightest", Paul Shearon, president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), said in the statement. "Give these people a break ... let them have Christmas dinner with their families".

"But certainly after this week if we aren't back to work, it is going to start getting hard", he said.

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