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Day 708

Updated 12/28/2018 11:23 AM PST

1/ On the seventh day of a partial government shutdown, Trump threatened to "close the Southern Border entirely" until he gets the $5 billion in funding for his border wall. Trump also threatened to cut off aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, because – he claims – migrants from those country have been "taking advantage of U.S. for years" as they flee persecution and seek asylum in the U.S. Confusingly, Trump called "closing the Southern Border a 'profit making operation.'" The shutdown will to continue into 2019 after the House and Senate adjourned on Thursday without taking any action to end the shutdown, leaving the border wall impasse to House Democrats as they assume the majority next week. (ABC News / The Guardian / Washington Post / New York Times)

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