On New Year’s Eve, in an interview to the Fox News’s “All American New Year”, President Trump said that he is “not giving up” on getting funding for the border wall and that leaves him with “no choice” but to continue the government shutdown over the wall.
“We are not giving up. We have to have border security. And the wall is a big part of border security — the biggest part,” Trump said.
Trump also said that he is “ready to go” and wouldn’t mind negotiating with the Democratic leaders in Congress.
“I’m ready, willing and able. I’m in the White House,” he said. “I’m ready to go. They can come over right now. They could have come over any time. I spent Christmas in the White House. I spent New Year’s Eve now in the White House. I’m here. I’m ready to go.”
A partial government shutdown has been going on since December 22. The lawmakers haven’t been able to come up on a decision over Trump’s demand of $5 billion funding for a wall along the southern border.
Democrats will be taking over the House this week with the new Congress. Democrats stand firm on their decision of not releasing funds for a wall.
On Monday evening, Trump took to Twitter to push for the wall and also predicted that the Democrats won’t be willing to fund for the wall.
“The Democrats will probably submit a Bill, being cute as always, which gives everything away but gives NOTHING to Border Security, namely the Wall. You see, without the Wall there can be no Border Security – the Tech ‘stuff’ is just, by comparison, meaningless bells & whistles,” he tweeted.
He further wrote, “Remember this. Throughout the ages some things NEVER get better and NEVER change. You have Walls and you have Wheels. It was ALWAYS that way and it will ALWAYS be that way! Please explain to the Democrats that there can NEVER be a replacement for a good old fashioned WALL!”
Earlier on Monday, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) introduced a continuing resolution to fund Homeland Security through February 8. She separated the border security funding from a legislative package that would continue funding the remaining agencies throughout the fiscal year’s end.
Democrats will vote on the two bills on Thursday, after taking over the House.