DONALD Trump shut down the US government for 35 days because Democrats refuse to fund his border wall.
Here we reveal what he said, what the wall will look like, and how much it cost.
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Why did Donald Trump shut down the US Government over the Mexico border wall?
Donald Trump vowed to shut down the government over the wall in a fiery Oval Office meeting with Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.
The President promised he would allow a partial shutdown of the federal government if Congress does not provide £3.95billion ($5billion) to build the wall.
Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller has called it a “fundamental issue”.
When asked if the administration was willing to allow parts of the government to cease operation at midnight on Friday, December 21, if the wall was not funded, Miller answered: “If it comes to it, absolutely.”
The shut down began on December 22, 2018.
Democrats, who will take over the House of Representatives in January, and some fellow Republicans have insisted they will not give Trump the funding he says he needs.
Congress members met on December 27 to discuss the issue and the House and Senate will meet on December 31.
The issue of whether or not to fund the wall is what is preventing the passing of a government funding budget.
On Tuesday 8th January, Trump made his first TV address to the nation from the Oval Office and insisted on funding for his long-promised US-Mexico border wall.
However, he still has not declared an emergency that would enable him to bypass the lower house of Congress now controlled by the opposition Democrats.
When will the US government shutdown end?
On January 25, Trump agreed to sign a measure to open the government for three weeks – until February 15.
On February 12, Trump said he didn’t want the government to shut down again.
He told reporters: “I don’t want to see a shutdown. A shutdown would be a terrible thing. I think a point was made with the last shutdown.
“People realised how bad the border is, how unsafe the border is, and I think a lot of good points were made.”
He added that he would hold off until he sees actual legislation on the funding for the wall.
How much will the wall cost?
The US Department of Homeland Security estimates the wall will cost £17billion, according to a leaked report.
However some estimates are as high as $67billion.
Its plan says the construction should take place in three stages and be made up of both fences and walls covering around 1,000 miles.
President Trump has always insisted Mexico will pay, but Mexico’s president Enrique Pena Nieto slammed Trump’s plans and has been equally firm that his country will not be funding the project.
Senator Ted Cruz has suggested El Chapo could see his £12billion fortune used to pay for Donald Trump’s border wall as part of tough new anti-trafficking laws.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters Trump would look elsewhere to find more money to build that wall after the congressional agreement only includes $1.37billion for new barriers – similar to last year’s figure.
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What will the wall look like?
One bidder for the Mexican wall contract wants to cover it with solar panels, while another wants to make a barrier big enough for a deck offering tourists scenic views of the desert.
The deadline for bids has passed and prototypes were submitted in September 2017.
Designs must be able to repel pickaxes and sledgehammers for at least an hour and be nice to look at – at least from the north side.
Concrete Contractors Interstate proposed a polished concrete wall augmented with stones and artefacts that are tailored to different sections of the 2,000-mile border.
But in December 2018 Trump tweeted a picture of a “steel slat barrier” which he declared “beautiful”.
Will the wall get built?
In an address to the nation, the President demanded funding for the wall to defeat what he called a “humanitarian and security crisis” on the frontier.
But despite earlier hints, he stopped short of declaring a national emergency that would have allowed him to order construction of the barrier without legislation
Trump has also suggested that Mexico is pay for the wall through the new trade deal with the US and Canada though he didn’t specify how that would happen.
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