Donald Trump is "ready, willing and able" to negotiate the end of the partial closure of the government that has lasted on its tenth day of New Year.
Trump had to tell Fox News about an end-of-year television interview that should be broadcast on Monday night that Democratic Congress leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi "may come here" and "may have come at any time" to try hash a solution.
The new statement seemed to be another attempt by the president to convince the public that the closure and the federal government's impasse on funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border is the Democrats' fault.
But he has not been directly in touch with the democratic leaders who offer to negotiate, he has simply published criticism via Twitter and, now, an interview at the end of the year, which will hardly change the status quo.
In the interview with Fox, Trump adds: "A lot of people are trying to get their salary, so I'm ready to go wherever they want."
There were already indications from the Democratic camp at the start of the day, however, that Congressmen are ignoring the president at this point. They intend to go straight to propose their legislation to finance the government, without the funds Trump requested for a wall, when they will hire the House of Representatives in the new session of the US Congress starting Thursday.
Trump's latest statements are indeed another version of his Tweet at the start of the day, when he said, "I'm in the Oval Office, Democrats, come back from vacation and give us the votes necessary for border security, including the wall …"
The Democrats today announced a law aimed at reopening the federal government, without providing money for Donald Trump's border wall.
According to an anonymous help quoted by the Associated Press, the Assembly is preparing to vote on the package Thursday, when the new Congress will meet for the first time since 2010 with Democrats in the lower house for the first time since 2010. It will include a bill to finance the National Security Department at current levels up to February 8, with $ 1.3 billion for border security. Trump has requested $ 5 billion.
The package will include six other invoices to finance the departments of agriculture, interiors, housing and urban development and others closed by partial closure. Some invoices have already passed the Senate. Those will provide money for the rest of the fiscal year, until September 30th.
Monday was the tenth day of the partial block of government forced by Trump's request for a wall. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers face increasing difficulties and the main functions of the government are thrown into ever-increasing doubt.
And on Monday afternoon, it emerged that some of the most famous national parks in the western United States are partially closing due to problems such as public toilets and garbage facilities overflowing, vandalism to fragile areas and consequent human safety hazards and wildlife.
The arrest, which forced hundreds of thousands of federal government employees home, left many parks without most of their rangers.
"It's a free-for-all", Dakota Snider, 24, who lives and works in the Yosemite Valley, northern California, has said at the time. Associated Press by telephone on Monday, while officials from Yosemite National Park announced the closure of some minimally guarded campsites and public indoor areas that are overwhelmed.
"It's so heartbreaking, there's more trash, human waste and disdain for the rules than I've seen in my four years of life here," Snider said.