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Trump now claims most furloughed workers 'are Democrats'

On Christmas Day, the president claimed that "many" workers who are not being paid because of the government shutdown want him to hold out for the border wall.
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President Donald Trump at a military briefing during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on Dec. 26, 2018.Saul Loeb / AFP - Getty Images

Just days after claiming that "many" furloughed government workers told him they're fine with not getting paid as long as he secures additional funding for a border wall, President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday morning that "most of the people not getting paid are Democrats."

Trump, who offered no support for his claim, fired off the tweet early Thursday morning as the government shutdown entered its sixth day. Trump said on Christmas Day that he will not reopen the government until he gets $5 billion in funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Democrats have said they won't provide Trump with that funding, and indicated they won't go beyond the $1.6 billion that has already been allocated for border wall purposes. Republicans and Democrats reached an agreement last week on a stopgap spending measure to prevent a shutdown — a deal that the White House signaled Trump would sign. But at the eleventh hour, Trump scuttled the agreement because it did not provide additional funding for a border wall.

Democratic senators responded on Twitter to Trump's early morning comment.

Speaking in the Oval Office on Tuesday, Trump said the U.S. must have "a wall, a fence, whatever they'd like to call it," before claiming that "many" furloughed workers want him to keep the government closed until he locks in wall funding.

"Many of those workers have said to me, communicated, 'stay out until you get the funding for the wall,'" he said.