Senate Leader Charles Schumer and House Leader Nancy Pelosi in a joint statement blasted US president Donald Trump for plunging the country into chaos by keeping the government shut down on the eve of Christmas on the issue of border wall funds.
Donald Trump earlier said in a meeting with Democrats that he will be proud to shut down the government if congress doesn’t approve funds for border wall along US-Mexico border.
In a joint statement Schumer and Pelosi said, “It’s Christmas Eve and President Trump is plunging the country into chaos. The stock market is tanking and the president is waging a personal war on the Federal Reserve — after he just fired the Secretary of Defense”.
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Top democratic leaders accused Trump’s decisions and policies for resignation of defence secretary Jim Mattis, for falling US stock market. US market came down approximately 15 percent in December.
Democrats called this government shutdown as ‘Trump shutdown’ and criticized Trump for bringing uncertainty in lives of common people and said that he doesn’t now how to get out of this situation.
Schumer and Pelosi said, “Instead of bringing certainty into people’s lives, he’s continuing the Trump Shutdown just to please right-wing radio and TV hosts”.
They said, “Different people from the same White House are saying different things about what the president would accept or not accept to end his Trump Shutdown, making it impossible to know where they stand at any given moment”.
The added, “The president wanted the shutdown, but he seems not to know how to get himself out of it”.
On Christmas morning Trump told reports ion Oval Office that government shutdown will be continue until the funds for border wall are approved.
He said, “I can tell you, it’s not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they’d like to call it. I’ll call it whatever they want … If you don’t have that [wall], then we’re just not opening”.
Trump said that the wall would be built before 2020 presidential elections and he is going to visit the border by January end for start of wall work, he said, “It’s my hope to have this done, completed — all 500 to 550 miles — to have it either renovated or brand new by election time, It’s going to be built, hopefully rapidly”.
He added, “I’m going there at the end of January for the start of construction. That’s a big stretch”.