President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he would be making a major announcement about the government shutdown and the border wall.
I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown, tomorrow afternoon at 3 P.M., live from the @WhiteHouse.
Some suspect that the president will be announcing a national emergency at the border, something that he has suggested doing in order to circumvent objections from the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.
The partial shutdown of the government is close to the one month mark, and is the longest in history.
Many federal workers who are now missing paychecks have taken to social media to complain about their hardships. In response, some companies have offered free meals, loans, and other benefits to help workers bridge the gap until the shutdown ends.
The disagreement between the president the Democrats lies in whether the budget will contain funding for the border wall that Trump has promised since before he was elected.
Trump has claimed that it is perfectly within his powers to declare a national emergency on the border and have the military build the border wall. Many of his critics have said this is an abuse of the power.
Democrats have made their case with a video of Trump when he made a statement before reporters with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). In that meeting, he openly said that he would take the blame for any government shutdown and that he would not blame Schumer for it.
"I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck," Trump said. "Because the people of this country don't want criminals and people that have lots of problems, and drugs that are pouring into this country."
"So, I will take the mantle," he added. "I will be the one to shut it down, I won't blame you for it."
Later, he said that the Democrats were fully to blame for the shutdown.
"The Democrats now own the shutdown!" he tweeted emphatically.