President Trump will be spending Christmas in Washington, D.C. due to a government shutdown over funding to build a border wall on the U.S. southern border with Mexico.

With the showdown over government funding of the proposed border wall expected to drag on past Christmas, Trump indicated via Twitter that he will remain in D.C. to wait out the government shutdown.

Vice President Mike Pence (R) and President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner (L) led negotiations with Democrats over government shutdown on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Credit: Reuters

“I will not be going to Florida because of the Shutdown – Staying in the White House! #MAGA,” tweeted the President defiantly.

Sunrise at The White House on Saturday during the partial government shutdown. Credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster
President Trump will spend Christmas at the White House due to a government shutdown and prolonged impasse over border wall funding. Credit: Reuters

While the President had originally been scheduled to join his wife – First Lady Melania and their 12-year old son, Barron, for Christmas at their Mar-a-Lago Estate in Palm Beach, Florida, the two, who left on Friday will now return to the White House to join him , according to a statement from the White House.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said that, “Due to the shutdown, President Trump will remain in Washington, D.C. and the First Lady will return from Florida so they can spend Christmas together.”

The First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron will be returning to Washington, D.C. to spend Christmas with the President at The White House this year. Credit: Getty Images

Being the disruptor that he is and rather than cave, President Trump has dug in and is reportedly prepared to prolong the shutdown until either a compromise is reached or Democrats agree to fund the wall which, an overwhelming 90% of Republicans and a majority of Americans  elected him for.

Three men from India jump the fence from Mexico and give themselves up to U.S. border patrol agents in Calexico, California, U.S. February 8, 2017. Picture taken February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The partial government shutdown is largely over Democrats’ refusal to give President Trump the requested $.5.7 billion to build the proposed border wall.  

U.S. Capitol on Saturday, December 22, 2018 as partial government shutdown is set to continue throughout Christmas. Credit: AP

As it stands and with no compromise in sight, both parties – the GOP and Democrats – have hardened their positions with speculation that the shutdown could drag on into early next year.

The dispute with the Democrats’ Congressional leaders is largely over funding for Trump’s proposed border wall. Both sides have apparently hardened their positions, with some speculating the shutdown could last into the new year.

Democrats House leaders Nancy Pelosi and Schumer uncompromising over the border wall funding. Credit: EPA
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has accused Democrats of playing politics with border security. Credit: Getty Images

President Trump is requesting for $5.7 billion for the wall on the Mexico border which Democrats vehemently oppose and have, instead, offered significantly less money than what President Trump wants leading to the current stalemate.

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