Rumor! Trump asked the government to take Christmas Eve off without closing the door.

 Rumor! Trump asked the government to take Christmas Eve off without closing the door.

Earlier this morning, it was reported that Trump had signed an order to shut down the U.S. government on December 24, saying it was the result of Washingtons budgetary political wrangling: If the White House and Congress fail to reach an agreement on spending by the 21st, about a quarter of the federal governments operations will run out of funds, leading to a partial closure of the government. Including the Ministry of Homeland Security, the Ministry of Communications, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Agriculture and other 15 government departments, will affect about 800,000 government staff. Half of them will face temporary unpaid work and the other half will go home. But according to a presidential executive order issued by the White House, Trump should issue a Christmas Eve holiday notice.

Previous media reports

The Trump Executive Order, which caused misunderstanding, is still on the White House website. There are five main contents. The headline of the notice is: Notice of the closure of federal government departments and agencies on December 24, 2018.

Screenshots of the White House website

As you can see, the notice emphasizes the closure on December 24, rather than the governments continuing suspension.

The first article of the notification is:

All executive departments and related agencies of the federal government should be closed on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018. Employees are not allowed to work on duty.

The heads of government administrative departments and related agencies may decide that some departments and facilities must remain open for national security, national defense and other public needs, and that some employees must be on duty on December 24, 2018.

According to U.S. media reports, the latest rumor that the U.S. government is closing is that Trump asked Congress to allocate $5 billion to start building walls along the border between the United States and Mexico. He promised at first that the money would be paid by Mexicans, but now he asks American taxpayers to pay it. Democrats and some Republicans disagree, arguing that the cost of building walls is not enough to stop the influx of illegal immigrants.

Trump has softened his demand for a $5 billion grant, according to a new report in the Washington Post on the 18th.

Washington Post: Trump softened the $5 billion wall fee requirement, but the budget deadline remained deadlocked.

Trump has given up requesting several months of $5 billion to avoid the closure of the U.S. government this weekend, the article said. See the red box below.

The Associated Press also reported that the White House secretary said Trump was willing to work with Congress to avoid government closures.

Screenshots of Associated Press reports

The latest CNN report also quotes sources as saying that Republicans in the Senate are drafting a short-term agreement to ensure that the government will not stop.

In this case, would it be abrupt for the White House to suddenly announce the closure of the government?

On Twitter, a Washington Post reporter posted that the government is closing down... Its Christmas Eve.

But she went on to say that Trump issued an executive order to give government employees a holiday.

Under her Twitter, the communications director of the Republican National Committee of the House of Representatives wrote back and joked, You lied to me again, the second time.

As things stand, Trump should announce a holiday instead of declaring the U.S. government closed.

USA Today: Trump signed an executive order to give government employees a holiday on Christmas Eve

Source: Global Network Responsible Editor: Fan Jiangyi-NN9138