Trump’s Christmas Message to America: ‘It’s a Disgrace What’s Happening in This Country’

Mired in a government shutdown, President Donald Trump is not having the most joyous Christmas.

The commander in chief made little effort to hide his displeasure while speaking with reporters on Tuesday. “It's a disgrace what's happening in our country, but other than that I wish everybody a very merry Christmas,” he said.

Trump also said the Democrats were acting hypocritically, complaining about their reaction to his firing of former FBI Director James Comey. He also said that liberal politicians approved of a border wall until he proposed it.

"Every one of those Democrats approved a wall, or a fence, or very, very substantial barriers. Every single one. I don't think there's one, but let's assume, let's use the word almost everyone approved a wall, or a fence, or exactly what we're talking about as little as three years ago," Trump told reporters. "The only time they went against it––it was only one time––when Donald Trump said we want to build the wall. As soon as I said I want to build a wall, they were all against it."

Trump has previously said that Democrats voted to place a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Democrats including then-Senator Barack Obama, then-Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Chuck Schumer supported the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which approved 700 miles of fencing on the southwest border, according to Politifact.

The fact-checker, however, called the 2006 barrier supported by Democrats "less ambitious than the wall Trump is proposing."

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President Donald Trump answers questions from members of the media following a video call to service members from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard on Christmas Day. Trump delivered a bitter Christmas message on Tuesday. Zach Gibson-Pool/Getty Images

The partial government shutdown began on Saturday after Republicans and Democrats failed to agree on funding. The spending controversy centered on the president's multibillion-dollar request for a border wall.

Trump said he would not sign a spending bill that didn't include $5 billion in funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Schumer has said Democrats will not pass a measure that includes money for a wall.

As the shutdown neared last week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders had indicated Trump was ready to capitulate on his $5 billion demand to keep the government running. But the president again changed his mind after criticism from his base and conservative pundits poured in.

While meeting with Democratic leaders Schumer and Nancy Pelosi prior to the government shutdown, Trump said he would take responsibility for a shutdown if party leaders could not agree on a spending bill.

"I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck, because the people of this country don't want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country. So I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I'm not going to blame you for it…. I will take the mantle of shutting down," he said earlier this month.

He has since blamed Democrats for lack of compromise, tweeting on Friday, "Senator Mitch McConnell should fight for the Wall and Border Security as hard as he fought for anything. He will need Democrat votes, but as shown in the House, good things happen. If enough Dems don't vote, it will be a Democrat Shutdown! House Republicans were great yesterday!"