For the government shutdown, which has affected the United States for over two weeks, has just went from bad to worse.
Today, President Donald Trump threatened to use emergency funding to bypass Congress and get billions of dollars to pay for a wall on the United States’ southern border as a partial U.S. government shutdown over the issue stretched into its 20th day.
“If we don’t have a barrier, a very substantial barrier of some kind, you’re not going to be able to solve this problem,”
Trump said at a press briefing where plastic-wrapped kilograms of heroin, seized guns and abag full of an undisclosed amount of cash were displayed.
Trump is adamant that a government funding bill to end the shutdown include $5.7 billion for a border barrier, which he promised voters during his 2016 campaign. The standoff has left a quarter of the federal government closed down and hundreds of thousands of federal employees without pay.
Trump signaled he was prepared for the showdown to stretch into late January, canceling plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which is scheduled to start on Jan. 22.