US President Donald Trump says government shutdown will continue unless he secures the desired funding for building a border wall with Mexico.
Speaking after a Christmas Day video message on Tuesday, Trump insisted that the partial shutdown of the federal government would last until his demand for funds to build a wall on the US-Mexico border was met.
“I can’t tell you when the government is going to be open,” he said. “I can tell you, it’s not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they’d like to call it. I’ll call it whatever they want … If you don’t have that [wall], then we’re just not opening.”
Trump expressed hope that the wall would be completed by the next presidential election in 2020, also announcing plans to go to the border in January to visit a new stretch of wall.
“It’s my hope to have this done, completed — all 500 to 550 miles — to have it either renovated or brand new by election time, It’s going…