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    The day before, Trump tweeted that Dems could solve the current shutdown issue by approving "REAL Border Security (including a Wall)."

    US President Donald Trump has once again turned to Twitter to defend his idea of building a wall on the border with Mexico.

    The current controversy between the US president and the Democrats have led the country to a political crisis, with the US federal government being on a partial shutdown for more than two weeks.

    The new Democratic-majority Congress convened earlier this week with its primary task to end the shutdown. The mission, however, hasn't been accomplished yet as two White House meetings ended with the Dems assuring that they would never approve any money for the border wall.

    Currently, there is nearly 600 miles worth of barrier, primarily consisting of 16-foot high fencing, along the 1,900-mile US-Mexico border. Trump wants to erect steel and/or concrete walls over 30 feet tall on more than 200 miles of the border that would include new and replacement barriers.

    READ MORE: 'Hardcore Ideological' Divide Could Make US Gov't Shutdown Last 'Weeks' — Prof

    At the same time, according to analysts, the cost of the current partial US federal government shutdown is likely to have already surpassed the $5 billion that Trump is seeking to construct a hotly-debated border wall with Mexico.


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