Trump signals no end in sight to shutdown

Trump declined to tell reporters Wednesday what amount of wall funding he would accept to end the shutdown.

Posted: Dec 26, 2018 1:37 PM
Updated: Dec 26, 2018 1:42 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he'll do "whatever it takes" to get funding for border security, signaling no end in sight to the partial government shutdown.

Trump declined to tell reporters Wednesday what amount of wall funding he would accept to end the shutdown. Instead he cast blame on Democrats and said "the American public is demanding a wall."

Trump spoke to reporters who traveled with him to Iraq.

Trump has requested $5 billion for the wall, an amount Democrats have rejected. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has said the wall funding will "never pass the Senate" and urged Trump to abandon the request so the government can be funded.

The shutdown started Saturday after funding lapsed for nine Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies. Roughly 420,000 workers were deemed essential and are working unpaid, while another 380,000 were furloughed.

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