Trump: US government shutdown to last until agreement on border wall

U.S. President Donald Trump has said the partial shutdown of the federal government was going to last until his demand for funds to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is met. The U.S. government partially shut down on Saturday, and there is not yet any sign of tangible efforts to reopen agencies closed by a political impasse over Trump’s demand for border wall funds. Funding for about a quarter of federal programs – including the departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Agriculture – expired at midnight on Friday. Without a deal to break the impasse, the shutdown is likely to stretch into the new year. Building a wall to check illegal migration was one of Trump’s most frequently repeated campaign promises, but Democrats are vehemently opposed to it.

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