"The Shutdown is only because of the 2020 Presidential Election," Donald Trump wrote on Twitter. "The Democrats know they can't win based on all of the achievements of 'Trump,' so the are going all out on the desperatelyu needed Wall and Border Security — and Presidential Harassment."
The Shutdown is only because of the 2020 Presidential Election. The Democrats know they can’t win based on all of the achievements of “Trump,” so they are going all out on the desperately needed Wall and Border Security — and Presidential Harassment. For them, strictly politics!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2019
On Wednesday, Trump held a meeting with Republican and Democratic leaders amid a partial shutdown of the federal government to discuss the security situation at the US-Mexican border. He reiterated that the shutdown could continue for long if it was necessary, repeating his call on the Democrats to support the construction of a wall on the border and putting blame for the shutdown on them.
The US president has already rejected a deal from the Democrats that included some $1.6 billion for border security.
Trump has widely criticized the US immigration system and pledged to stop the flow of illegal immigrants in the United States. The president has also warned to close the border for all migrants if the problem of illegal border crossing, which he says is is intertwined with drug and human trafficking, is not resolved.
US in Various Trade Negotiations
President Trump has voiced once again his positive view of trade negotiations. "In the meantime we are doing well in various Trade Negotiations currently going on. At some point this had to be done!" the US president wrote on his Twitter page.
The United States Treasury has taken in MANY billions of dollars from the Tariffs we are charging China and other countries that have not treated us fairly. In the meantime we are doing well in various Trade Negotiations currently going on. At some point this had to be done!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2019
The president added the Treasury Department has gained billions of dollars from tariffs on Chinese imports, duties that he said were necessary due to Beijing's unfair trade practices.
Trump argued that his tariff policies were inevitable, saying that "at some point this had to be done" to confront China and other countries that implement unfair trade practices.
In early December, President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a truce in their escalating trade war after meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, but the two countries have yet to reach a final agreement in their dispute.