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Partial government shutdown enters fifth day with no end in sight

27 December 2018, 12:46 | Tara Lloyd

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President Donald Trump answers questions from the media after speaking with members of the military by video conference on Christmas Day Tuesday Dec. 25 2018 in the Oval Office of the White House

On Christmas Eve, President Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, fielded phone calls from children who had called the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to check on Santa Claus's progress.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leaders of Congress, said Trump "wanted the shutdown, but he seems not to know how to get himself out it". "They want border security".

On Monday, Trump asserted Democrats "must end" the standoff while Democratic leaders in Congress blamed Trump for "plunging the country into chaos".

Despite surveys revealing that the measure is unpopular, and with the majority of respondents blaming Trump for the brinkmanship, the U.S. president has stuck to his guns.

"So President Trump, if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall, plain and simple", Schumer said. "As soon as I said, I want to build the wall, they were all against it". But it's all the same thing.

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Most of the federal government, which directly employs nearly 4 million people, is unaffected.

Despite Trump's assertions, a survey by the National Treasury Employees Union of 1,500 of its members found that 85 percent were not happy with the shutdown, while the head of the union called this, the second shutdown in less than a year, a "travesty".

"During the Christmas season, we rejoice in God's many blessings", said Mrs. Trump.

President Donald Trump told reporters after a Christmas Day phone call with troops that he won't reopen the government until he gets the $5 billion in funding for his border wall. "And if you don't have that then we're just not opening" the government.

"I mean border security is great, but basically, that feels like extortion when he is holding our jobs hostage for this shutdown", said Raekwon Snyder, a government contractor for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his girlfriend and their 8-month-old son.

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Donald Trump is stuck in the White House after the shutdown that started on Friday.

The partial shutdown, which began Saturday, was triggered by a lapse in funding for a quarter of the government's departments and agencies.

Some 800,000 federal workers must either work without pay for the time being, or stay home and wait to be paid later.

The president also claimed that "many" of the shutdown's furloughed workers, who are not being pad while the federal government remains partially closed, want him to keep it shuttered until he receives the wall funding.

John Deal, a Nasa contractor in Virginia, whose wife also works for the agency, posted online to say his family had lost 100% of their income, for the time being, because of the shutdown. "But other than that, I wish everybody a merry Christmas".

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