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Americans terrified over looming government shutdown

Tuesday - 18/12/2018 12:06
The US is facing an impending crisis which could cost the economy billions of dollars. And both sides of politics are refusing to budge.
Politicians from both main parties said they were preparing for the reality of a Christmas closure for numerous vital agencies. Picture: Mandel Ngan/AFPSource:AFP
Politicians from both main parties said they were preparing for the reality of a Christmas closure for numerous vital agencies. Picture: Mandel Ngan/AFPSource:AFP

The US government is facing partial shutdown within days, with the transportation, security and justice departments staring down possible closure — but US President Donald Trump refuses to budge.

He is demanding increased funding for his border wall, and if it’s not agreed by Friday, iconic sites including the Statue of Liberty could close for the holidays and public sector workers will not be paid.

The President is due to leave on Friday to spend 16 days at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida — “not the greatest of optics,” suggested NPR.

Mr Trump tweeted: “Anytime you hear a Democrat saying that you can have good Boarder (sic) Security without a Wall, write them off as just another politician following the party line.”

He later deleted the tweet and corrected the spelling of “border”.

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