However, some 800,000 government workers are affected while some services that include parks and museums would be closed during the shutdown.
WTOP-FM reported Wednesday that the mayor of Washington, D.C., Muriel Bowser, had written to Trump urging him to end the shutdown, saying that the city will be hurt if the impasse continues. "Need to stop Drugs, Human Trafficking, Gang Members & Criminals from coming into our Country", Mr. Trump tweeted. "We're going to have safety". Democrats and some Republicans have rejected Trump's demand for the US-Mexico border, following which on last week he refused to sign a wider spending bill, temporarily stripping funding from swaths of the government.
Trump, apparently not sleeping after a gruelling roundtrip to Iraq - his first visit to U.S. combat troops since being elected - indicated on Twitter that he was in no mood to compromise. In another interview, he said that Chuck Schumer, Senate Democratic leader, is yet to talk to him about a new offer from Republicans, leaving out specifications about the sum.
The partial government shutdown appears no closer to resolution. With the opposition Democrats refusing to approve the necessary funds, the federal government has been under a partial government shutdown for four days now.
On Wednesday, the office of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said it would not schedule a vote for any new legislation Thursday, and would give lawmakers a 24-hour notice of any upcoming vote.
Perhaps further complicating the ongoing discussions is that now Republicans hold majorities in both the House and Senate, but in one week Democrats will take over in the House while Republicans will add a few seats to their Senate advantage.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers check and watch airline passengers at Reagan National Airport in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018.
- Federal employees working without pay and those now furloughed will get their December 28 pay checks under a decision by the White House budget office since pay reflects work before December 21. Workers are not paid in full while on leave, though are customarily compensated with backdated pay once the shutdown is over.
Roughly 420,000 workers were deemed essential and were working unpaid, while another 380,000 were furloughed, meaning they'll stay home without pay.
"The anxiety level among federal employees is extremely high and on top of that, there is real anger that they are paying the personal price for someone else's dysfunction", NTEU National President Tony Reardon said in a statement. Republicans have only 51 seats, so they will need to try to persuade some Democrats to back the measure.
"I think they understand what's happening", he said. "I thought it would be wrong for me to be with my family, my family is in Florida, Palm Beach, and I just didn't want to go down and be there when other people are hurting".
I've been at the White House. "But in the end, even if they aren't working, then Congress has made a decision to pay people for the whole time".
She has vowed swift action to fully reopen the government.