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President Trump stays in Washington to stay engaged with government shutdown situation

Posted at 8:12 AM, Dec 28, 2018

President Donald Trump has canceled his New Year's plans in order to remain in Washington until a deal over border wall funds is reached and the partial government shutdown ends, according to the President's incoming acting chief of staff.

"The President's been here, by the way, all weekend, all Christmas," Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who will also assume the role of acting chief of staff at the end of the year, said in an interview Friday on "Fox & Friends." "He's staying in Washington, DC, over New Year's. He's canceled his plans for Christmas. Now, he's canceled his plans for New Year's."

Mulvaney said the President is "very heavily engaged on this on a minute-by-minute basis."

The House and Senate adjourned Thursday after brief pro forma sessions and made plans to reconvene Monday, signaling that the partial shutdown will last through the new year. The President had intended to spend 16 days at his Florida estate Mar-a-Lago, including for Christmas, but canceled his plans to stay in Washington over the holiday.

On Twitter, Trump has blamed Democrats for the partial shutdown, which is now on its seventh day. He also pointed to the recent killing of a California police officer , allegedly by a suspect who's in the country illegally, to bolster his push for more border wall funds.

Friday morning, Trump tweeted that the US "will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall."

Asked if the President is willing to go as far as closing the US-Mexico border, Mulvaney told Fox News, "I think he is."