Trump demands Dems return to spending negotiations 'now'
President Donald Trump on Monday kept up his calls for Democrats to immediately restart funding negotiations, pushing the argument that blame for the federal government's longest shutdown should now lay squarely on their shoulders despite his previous declaration he would be proud to shut the government down.
Trump criticized lawmakers for leaving town over the weekend, reiterating that he was waiting in the White House for Democrats to return to the negotiating table after talks came to a standstill last week.
"I’ve been waiting all weekend," he wrote in one tweet. "Democrats must get to work now. Border must be secured!"
“Nancy and Cryin’ Chuck can end the Shutdown in 15 minutes,” he wrote in a second post. “At this point it has become their, and the Democrats, fault!”
The partial government shutdown, held up over Trump’s demands that Congress appropriate $5.7 billion to fund a stretch of wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, became the longest in history over the weekend, with 800,000 federal workers missing their first paychecks Friday. It is now in its 24th day with no clear indication of when or how it might end.
By CAITLIN OPRYSKO