The federal authorities partially shut down at midnight on Friday, hours after Congress did not go a spending invoice that included $5 billion in funds for a wall on the southern border.
As a number of federal businesses ceased operations, President Trump on Friday night time continued to push for a wall on the border — and blamed Democrats for the standstill.
“We’re going to have a shutdown, there’s nothing we are able to do about that as a result of we’d like the Democrats to provide us their votes,” Trump stated in a video that he posted on Twitter.
“Name it a Democrat shutdown; name it no matter you need. However we’d like their assist to get this accepted.”
However in a contentious oval workplace assembly with Democratic leaders final week, Trump vowed to take accountability if a shutdown occurred.
“I’m proud to close down the federal government for border safety,” Trump stated in the course of the assembly with Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
Trump additionally vowed on Thursday to not vote for a spending invoice that had handed the Home of Representatives however didn’t embrace funding for the wall, paving the best way for the midnight shutdown.
The standstill left the paychecks of tons of of hundreds of federal staff in limbo at Christmastime.
The Home will reconvene on Saturday afternoon.