Trump Taunts Over Shutdown: 'Do the Dems Realize That Most of the People Not Getting Paid Are Democrats?'

President Donald Trump hit out at Democrats in Congress Thursday for their refusal to meet his demand for additional funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and claimed their own voters were suffering the most amid the partial government shutdown.

Trump continued to push for $5 billion for his proposed border wall as the partial shutdown entered its sixth day and said in a morning tweet that "most of the people not getting paid" by the federal government are Democrats.

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An estimated 380,000 federal employees have been furloughed and do not have a guarantee that the government will compensate them once the shutdown ends. About 420,000 federal employees deemed essential are currently working without pay but will eventually receive their compensation.

Trump suggested the majority of these workers are Democrats and urged Democrats in Congress to agree to his funding demands.

"Have the Democrats finally realized that we desperately need Border Security and a Wall on the Southern Border," Trump tweeted.

"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?"

Trump previously suggested that workers have backed him on his stance to shut down the government to push through his demands.

"I think they understand what's happening. They want border security," he said during his Christmas morning call to U.S troops abroad.

"The people of this country want border security," Trump added. "Many of those workers have said to me, communicated, 'Stay out until you get the funding for the wall.' These federal workers want the wall."

Trump did not specify which federal workers had spoken to him about the shutdown or how.

The president added during the Tuesday call that he did not know how long the shutdown would last but remained firm that it would not be lifted until his border plans are approved.

"I can't tell you when the government is going to be open," he said. "I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they would like to call it."

Trump recently returned to Washington, D.C., from his surprise visit this week to air bases in Iraq and Germany. Trump had faced criticism for not visiting U.S. troops in an active war since he was inaugurated into the White House in January 2017.

"One thing is certain, we have incredible people representing our Country—people that know how to win!" Trump tweeted Thursday.

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Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump make their way across the South Lawn of the White House after returning on Marine One from their surprise trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq to visit troops, on December 27, 2018. The president has claimed it is mainly Democrats who are not getting paid as a result of the government shut down. Pete Marovich - Pool/Getty Images
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