On Saturday, the government was shut down for its 22nd day—the longest shutdown in American history—and there seems to be no end in sight.
President Trump is remaining firm on his commitment to his supporters by not ending the shutdown without securing border wall funding. Similarly, Democrats are remaining firm to their party platform in their opposition to the president.
Despite the resistance, negotiations are still continuing and President Trump is still calling for Congress to pull through and do its job.
In prior negotiations, lawmakers have tripped over the language of border security funding bills. Republicans have said money directed to “border security” or a “border fence” can be used for a border wall. Democrats, however, said money not explicitly directed for a “border wall” could not be used for the construction of a new border wall.
At the White House, Trump addressed the language difference and said Democrats can call the barrier whatever they wish as long as they pass border wall funding.
“This is where I ask the Democrats to come back to Washington and to vote for money for the wall, the barrier, whatever you want to call it is OK with me. They can name it whatever they [want]. Name it peaches,” Trump said during a border security roundtable with state and local officials, via the Washington Examiner.
“I don’t care what they name it, but we need money for the wall, the barrier,” Trump added.
As the shutdown became the longest in American history—passing the prior record of 21 days under the Clinton administration—Trump affirmed Republicans in Congress were “rock solid” in their support for Trump and the wall.
From the Washington Examiner:
Trump spoke on the same day that about 800,000 federal workers missed a paycheck due to an ongoing partial government shutdown over wall funds.
“The Republicans have been rock solid,” Trump said, signaling he intends to sign legislation reimbursing federal workers after the nearly three-week shutdown ends.
Trump also described the evolution in proposed border wall building materials from concrete to steel. He said that one design has “steel that has concrete inside … not a bad combination.”
On social media, President Trump said he was ready and waiting for Democrats anytime they were ready to pass border wall funding.
“We have a massive Humanitarian Crisis at our Southern Border. We will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their “vacations” and get back to work. I am in the White House ready to sign!” Trump tweeted.