US President Donald Trump has canceled his Christmas trip to Florida because of the government shutdown, says White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.
“Due to the shutdown, President Trump will remain in Washington, DC and the first lady will return from Florida so they can spend Christmas together,” Sanders said in a statement on Saturday.
Trump, who had been scheduled to spend the end of year holidays in his Florida resort with his family, said Friday he would call off his trip if he and Congress could not reach an agreement to avert the shutdown. However, he did not say how long he might remain in the capital.
Later that day, Congress failed to pass a federal spending bill that addresses Trump’s requested funding to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, which is fiercely opposed by Democratic Party lawmakers, causing the government to partially shut down.
The shutdown is the latest evidence of dysfunction in Washington and does not…