The US President is leading the government into the longest shutdown in America’s history.
Trump is about to set the record for the longest US government shutdown.
The US President closed the government on December 22 and if it continues until Saturday, the standoff will surpass previous records including Bill Clinton’s 21 days.
“Because of the Democrats intransigence on Border Security and the great importance of Safety of our Nation, I am respectfully cancelling my very important trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “My warmest regards and apologies to the WEF!”
We lose 300 Americans a week, 90% of which comes through the Southern Border. These numbers will be DRASTICALLY REDUCED if we have a Wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2019
The shutdown could last a further 11 days as the 72-year-old was scheduled to leave the US on January 21 for the Swiss conference until he announced the cancellation on the way to a border inspection tour in Texas, USA Today reported.
Lack of funding for the US President’s border wall with Mexico has fuelled the stalemate. Trump reportedly wants US$5.7 billion to build part of the structure but the Democrats have refuted any funding for the wall.
“Democrats will not give in to Trump’s temper tantrums,” The Democrats wrote on Twitter.
“Trump has never been interested in real solutions. All he’s done is tear apart families and leave hundreds of thousands of workers without pay. That’s not leadership; it’s chaos.
“We will keep fighting until the President gives American workers the respect they deserve and reopens the government.”
Democrats will not give in to Trump’s temper tantrums. It’s time to reopen our government. Period. https://t.co/C3TXFSVkY9
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) January 10, 2019
The Democrats want the White House to reopen to continue border security conversations without wall funding. Trump took to Twitter saying he “won’t cave” to pressure from the opposition and is showing no signs of ceasing the shutdown.
It follows Trump’s abrupt exit from a negotiation meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. The President deemed the meeting a “total waste of time”.
The Republican reportedly told media he would “almost definitely” declare a national emergency (a move which would bypass congressional approval to build the wall) if a deal with Congress “doesn’t work out”.
“We want a secure country. The only way you have a strong border is you have a wall or steel barrier,” the US President told reporters outside the White House on Friday.
Clinton’s record-making US government shutdown
Former US President Bill Clinton currently holds the record for the longest US government shutdown in the nation’s history.
Clinton’s 1996 federal budget was at risk of being cut by the Republican-controlled Congress.
Both parties liaised to balance the budget which ultimately ended the government shutdown after 21 days – a record that may soon be broken by Trump.