Wednesday is the first non-holiday weekday since the shutdown began.
Trump claimed on Monday that federal workers are behind him in the shutdown fight, saying many "have said to me and communicated, 'stay out until you get the funding for the wall.'" He didn't say who he had heard from.
Trump had already set an unfestive holiday tone in a Christmas Eve tweetstorm in which he expounded on the shutdown and his controversial withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, launching another attack on the Federal Reserve. "The whole thing is juvenile".
"These federal workers want the wall". "I want the shutdown to end as soon as possible, but how I want it to end is for Congress to do their job and pass this bill because we need better border security".
On Christmas Eve, President Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, fielded phone calls from children who had called the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to check on Santa Claus's progress. They are eager to get back to work.
Trump has made securing the southern border a focal point of his presidency, with plans to beef up border security and create a wall as key components.
Trump also insisted Tuesday that the wall - through renovations and new contracts - is actually already scheduled to be built and refurbished.More news: What happens next after China's alleged theft of American business secrets
President Trump may deserve all the heat he's getting for his bumbling role in triggering a government shutdown over border-wall funding, but Democrats - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in particular - are no angels. Workers deemed non-essential will be furloughed, while "essential" workers will be required to report to their jobs, but with no guarantee of a paycheck. "I'm not going to blame you for it".
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY suggested that the president's insistence on a wall IS little more than an attempt to mollify his political base.
People visit the Capitol as a shutdown affecting parts of the federal government appeared no closer to ending, with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats locked in a hardening standoff over border wall money, in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.
"I can't tell you when the government is going to be open", the Republican president told reporters at the White House after his annual Christmas teleconference with United States troops.
Trump promised to make Mexico pay for the border wall. Those who perform shift work, such as border patrol agents and airport security workers, have been unable to take time off and have been working without pay since Saturday, she said. "Most view this as an act of ineptitude", Shearon's statement continued.
Numerous employees affected by the shutdown also don't work a traditional work week, said Ashley De Smeth, a spokeswoman for the American Federation of Government Employees union.
Erwin also says Trump's words were particularly stinging since they were issued on Christmas Day.