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    Trump Claims Democrats Want Another Shutdown

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    The longest government shutdown in US history, caused by the Democrats’ refusal to approve Trump’s demand of $5.7 billion in spending on southern border security, came to an end after the president agreed to reopen the government and sign a temporary budget for government agencies through 15 February.

    US President Donald Trump has claimed that the Democrats may desire another government shutdown as they want a “new subject” to turn the public attention away from issues such as the controversy with Virginia governor’s yearbook photo.

    As The Independent points out, the president’s statement came as negotiators on Capitol Hill remain at an impasse over funding for Trump’s proposed wall along the border with Mexico, while the acting White House chief of staff also warned that a new shutdown is not off the table.

    ​And now, Trump argues, the “terrible offers” made by the Democrats to the Border Committee lead him to believe that they want to divert the attention from the matters which are detrimental to their agenda, even if it means causing another government shutdown.

    READ MORE: 'There'll Be Barrier Protecting Southern Border & Trump Will See to It' – Expert

    Earlier, the US president agreed to reopen the government and sign a temporary budget for government agencies through February 15.

    The shutdown was caused by the Democrats’ refusal to approve Trump’s demand of $5.7 billion in spending on southern border security, which included building a barrier.

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