President Donald Trump argued on Tuesday that federal workers are supporting his position in fighting Democrats for billions of dollars in funding the border wall, four days after a partial government shutdown, with no clear ending in sight.
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"Many of these workers said I said to myself and told him," Stay out until you get the funds for the wall, "he said, when asked if he had asked the hundreds of thousands of federal workers, either to be dismissed or work without pay.
"These federal workers want the wall," he added. "The only one who does not want the wall is the Democrats."
Speaking to American troops stationed around the world for Christmas, Trump said he was open to meeting the leaders of Congress, but did not say when the government would be reopened.
"I can not tell you when the government will be open," he said. "It will not be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever you want to call it."
It's a shame what happens in this country. Apart from that, I wish you all a Merry Christmas.
Despite the overthrow of Christmas Eve on Wall Street, President Trump said he had confidence in Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday, calling him "very talented". However, he complained that the Federal Reserve had raised interest rates and said, "We'll see," when asked if he has confidence in the President of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell.
"You raise interest rates too fast, that's my opinion," he said. "The fact is that the economy is doing so well that it has raised interest rates and that is a form of security."
I can not tell you when the government will be open, "he said. It will not be open until we have a wall.
Asked what he would do If House Democrats sent him a financing bill without wall funding in January, Trump said his political opponents would be "harassing the president" when they take over the House of Representatives, an obvious reference to the Democrats' plans, take control of the parliament Trump administration and investigate his family business and his finances.
"There were no collusion ̵
Trump was also annoyed that Democrats had voted in favor of border security in the past, but claimed they were against it now because he supported it, likening it to their criticism of former FBI director James Comey, before he fired it.
"It's a shame what's going on in this country," Trump concluded. "Besides, I wish you all a Merry Christmas."