Home alone and isolated, Donald Trump stands ground on border wall

‘I am all alone’, tweets US president Donald Trump on Christmas; Netizens can’t stop trolling him

The shutdown of some of the government services was due to the 72-year-old president demanding over $5bn to fund the construction of the wall on the border with Mexico.

Democrats have said they will not provide Trump with additional funding beyond $1.6 billion already allocated for a border wall.

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told "Fox News Sunday" that the White House has given a "counter-offer" that was "between those two numbers". He declined to say what amount of wall funding he would accept in a deal to end the shutdown, stressing the need for border security.

I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security.

Mr. Trump, speaking to reporters from the Oval Office Christmas morning, also continued to signal he's shifted his rhetoric on his demand for a border wall, though he has not changed his demand for billions of dollars to build up to 550 miles of new or renovated barriers along the U.S. -Mexico boundary.

"Most view this as an act of ineptitude", he said.

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A park ranger, Sharon Stiteler, reposted a blog from 2013 with advice on coping through a shutdown along with what she was doing this time around to make it through the holidays. So the burden of the shutdown for my family is more [of a] concern for my [family's] living expense in the near future. "Anna, and my son McGyver & I would love to help with your mortgage if you will allow. #MerryXmas", he added. "I think they understand what's happening", CBS News quoted Trump as saying.

Asked when the government would reopen fully, Trump said he couldn't say.

But several federal employees living across the country paint a different picture.

Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), also said in a Christmas Eve statement about the shutdown that "the anxiety level among federal employees is extremely high and on top of that, there is real anger that they are paying the personal price for someone else's dysfunction".

Erwin admits that while the employees they represent might have a range of opinions about Trump's proposed border wall, there appears to be unanimity that the government should not be shut down because of it. "He has to come home with something to improve our security at the southern border, and part of that has to a some kind of physical barrier". "And once I fired him, everybody said, 'Oh, why did you fire him?"

President Donald Trump canceled his plans to go to Florida, staying at the White House over the Christmas holiday. How detached can you be? "It just shows how willing he is to be cruel to people". They are bad people.

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