Trump on shutdown: I'll wait whatever it takes to get wall funds

But these workers are not likely to receive any compensation until it ends, and legislation will need to be passed to pay them retroactively.

However, the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), a union that falls under the AFGE and supports almost 17,000 border agents and personnel employed by U.S. Border Patrol, says that while the organization does not support the shutdown, it does support the border wall.

Trump chimed in from the White House, where he has relentlessly tweeted on a variety of issues while cooped up in the mansion since Saturday, when the shutdown began.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of NY on Saturday said funding for Trump's wall will "never pass the Senate". "We can't do it without a wall". "I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall or fence, whatever they'd like to call it", Mr Trump said, referring to Democrats who staunchly oppose walling off the border.

I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security.

The partial shutdown, which began Saturday, was triggered by a lapse in funding for a quarter of the government's departments and agencies. "The only one that doesn't want the wall are the Democrats".

Mr. Trump, speaking to reporters from the Oval Office Christmas morning, also continued to signal he's shifted his rhetoric on his demand for a border wall, though he has not changed his demand for billions of dollars to build up to 550 miles of new or renovated barriers along the U.S. -Mexico boundary.

Trump promised to make Mexico pay for the border wall.

More news: Congress, White House talking, but no quick end to shutdown

The U.S. Senate will return on Thursday and consider business if a deal is reached on government funding. Those who are considered to be essential employees are reporting for duty, but will not get a paycheck for that work until the shutdown is over.

However, some 800,000 government workers are affected while some services that include parks and museums would be closed during the shutdown.

"Nothing new on the shutdown".

"I do find the president's comments in that regard a little bit ridiculous", adds Erwin, whose organization represents more than 110,000 federal workers across the United States, in departments ranging from the Social Security Administration to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Trump claimed on Monday that federal workers are behind him in the shutdown fight, saying many "have said to me and communicated, 'stay out until you get the funding for the wall.'" He didn't say who he had heard from. "But it's all the same thing", he said of Democrats' preference to give him federal monies for border "fencing" rather than the concrete and steel wall on which he campaigned so hard in 2016.

"It's a disgrace what's happening in our country".

"Most view this as an act of ineptitude", he said.

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