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Trump Makes Shutdown Plea: ‘Most of the People Not Getting Paid are Democrats’

President Donald Trump claimed that “most” of the federal workers not receiving pay because of the shutdown are Democrats, in a Twitter plea issued Thursday.

“Have the Democrats finally realized that we desperately need Border Security and a Wall on the Southern Border,” Trump wrote. “Need to stop Drugs, Human Trafficking,Gang Members & Criminals from coming into our Country.”

“Do the Dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are Democrats?” he asked.

Wednesday marked the first full business day of the partial government shutdown, which started on midnight Friday, before the holidays. Some 800,000 workers are affected by the shutdown.

Trump and Congress have yet to come to a funding deal that would reopen the government. The president has demanded $5 billion in funding for his border wall — an ask Democrats have forcefully rejected.

[Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images]

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