WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump had a message Tuesday for Democrats hoping he’ll relent in the political arm wrestling that has seen funds blocked to parts of the government for a record 32 days: “No Cave!”
Trump’s defiant tweet again blamed congressional Democrats for the chaos, insisting he will not lift his shutdown on federal government funding unless they approve his $5.7 billion plan for more walls along the US-Mexican border.
“Without a Wall our Country can never have Border or National Security. With a powerful Wall or Steel Barrier, Crime Rates (and Drugs) will go substantially down all over the U.S.,” Trump tweeted.
“The Dems know this but want to play political games.”
Trump triggered a partial government shutdown on December 22 — refusing to sign off on funding everything from FBI salaries to the National Park Service — as a way of pressuring the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives to back the wall project.
But with Democrats refusing to give in and Trump sticking to his hardball tactics, political paralysis in Washington has morphed into growing day-to-day pain across the country as some 800,000 federal employees adjust to life without salaries.
Trump’s main opponent, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was adamant that the president is to blame. “#EndTheShutdown now,” she tweeted.