Trump’s Govt Shutdown, Longest In US History

The partial shutdown of the United States government has emerged the longest in the country’s history with a record of 22 days.

NY Times reports that this is against the previous record involving the 21-day shutdown in 1995-96 under then President Bill Clinton.

President Donald Trump shut down the government after refusing to approve a budget unless it includes funds for a wall on the Mexican border.

President Donald Trump

Democrats have rejected his request for $5.7bn with Trump insisting that the border wall was a key election pledge.

About a quarter of the federal government is still out of operation leaving 800,000 employees unpaid and some workers missed their first salaries of the year.

Earlier, on Thursday, federal workers across the country rallied against the shutdown saying that the lock down has taken a panic turn and could lead to depression.

However, there were indications that Trump may declare a national emergency to get funding for the wall but he has dismissed such notions.

“What we’re not looking to do right now is national emergency,” Trump said adding that he has the authority to do such but would prefer to work with the Congress to solve the issue.

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