Partial government shutdown enters day 22, longest federal closure in U.S. history

It is officially the longest federal shut down in U.S. history, as the White House and congress continue to be at an impasse over border security. Congress has adjourned until Monday, and there are no signs of a compromise spending deal coming anytime soon. President Trump said he’s holding off for now on declaring a national emergency over the border, and is calling on Democrats to make a deal to end the shutdown.

President Trump speaks on border crisis in WH press briefing room

President trump highlights the need for more border security as the new congress takes over. During a surprise press briefing Thursday, the president said he wants to get a lot done with bipartisan support now that Democrats control the House. He also introduced a number of border security and immigration officials that he had just met.