US President Donald Trump has vowed to wait as long as it takes to get $5 billion from taxpayers for a wall on the US-Mexico border, a demand that has triggered a partial shutdown of the federal government that is now in its fifth day.
With no immediate end to the government shutdown in sight, the Republican president made his remarks on Wednesday during a surprise visit to Iraq and blamed the shutdown on Democratic Party congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who was expected to become speaker of the US House of Representatives on January 3.
“The American public is demanding a wall,” Trump said while on the ground at Al Asad Air Base in west of Baghdad.
Trump had previously said he was prepared for a lengthy shutdown and when asked on Wednesday how long he would wait to get what he wants, he said, “Whatever it takes.”
“Nancy is calling the shots,” Trump said, claiming that her opposition to his demand for funding a border wall had to do…