Working on Christmas Eve and through the government shutdown over border Wall funding, President Donald Trump Tweeted he has authorized the construction of a 115-mile stretch of border Wall in Texas.
“I am in the Oval Office & just gave out a 115 mile long contract for another large section of the Wall in Texas,” President Trump Tweeted Monday night. “We are already building and renovating many miles of Wall, some complete.
“Democrats must end Shutdown and finish funding. Billions of Dollars, & lives, will be saved!”
Working in the Oval Office after canceling his trip to Mar-a-Lago in Florida because of the shutdown, President Trump met Monday with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other officials to discuss border security issues as a partial government shutdown over his US-Mexico border Wall entered Christmas without a clear resolution in sight.
Though both sides have traded offers over the dollars, they remain far apart on the Wall.
The White House insists President Trump will reject any deal that does not include money for a Wall or fence; Democrats held firm in their opposition to a Wall or other physical barrier.
President Trump blames Dems for the stalemate, Tweeting Monday that “Virtually every Democrat we are dealing with today strongly supported a Border Wall or Fence. It was only when I made it an important part of my campaign, because people and drugs were pouring into our Country unchecked, that they turned against it. Desperately needed!”
Monday and Tuesday, Christmas Eve and Christmas, respectively, are federal holidays, meaning Wednesday is the 1st day the public could begin to feel the effects of any lost government services due to Friday’s shutdown.
All federal employees affected by the shutdown will be paid retroactively.
Have a Happy Christmas!