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Trump says “I can’t tell you” when government will re-open ending shutdown

WASHINGTON, US President Donald Trump said he cannot say when the government will re-open ending the partial shutdown but that it will not until there is a border funding.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said “I can’t tell you when the government is going to reopen.” “I can tell you it’s not open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they’d like to call it. I’ll call it whatever they want,” he stressed.

He added “it’s going to be built, hopefully rapidly,” and that he is “going there at the end of January for the start of construction. That’s a big stretch.” On midnight Friday, the US federal government started a partial shutdown after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on a spending bill meeting Trump’s demand of a USD five billion border wall funding.

On Sunday, White House budget director and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said “It’s very possible that this shutdown will go beyond the 28th and into the new Congress,” when the new Congress convenes on January 3rd.

He stressed “I think it’s a really good question here as to whether or not this deal can be cut before the new Congress comes in.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency

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