President Trump held a press availability in the Oval Office on Christmas Day and said the government will not open "until we have a wall" or "whatever they'd like to call it."
"I can't tell you when the government's going to be open," Trump told reporters. "I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they'd like to call it. I'll call it whatever they want. But it's all the same thing, it's a barrier from people pouring into our country, it's a barrier from drugs, it's a barrier."
The president said federal workers have told him to keep the government closed until he secures funding for the wall.
"My family's in Florida, Palm Beach, and I just didn't want to go down and be there when other people are hurting," Trump said. "But it's going to all work out. But many of those workers have to said to me, have communicated, stay out until you get the funding for the wall. These federal workers want the wall."
"The only one that doesn't want the wall are the Democrats because they don't mind open borders but open borders means massive amounts of crime and yet every one of those Democrats approved a wall, or a fence, or very, very substantial barriers. Every single one of them. I don't think there is one. But let's assume. Let's use the word almost everyone approved a wall or a fence or exactly what we are talking about as little as three years ago," he said.
"The only time they went against it, the only time they went against it, there was only one time. When Donald Trump said we want to build the wall," Trump said.