"I can tell you it's not going to reopen until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they'd like to call it".
But congressional Democrats are insisting Trump will get nothing near the US$5 billion he has demanded for the wall.
On Christmas Eve, President Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, fielded phone calls from children who had called the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to check on Santa Claus's progress.
The president and first lady Melania Trump also sent Christmas greetings to Americans across the U.S. on Christmas Day.
Trump made these remarks while taking questions from reporters during a briefing with U.S. military leaders shortly after landing in Iraq.
It's his determination to keep that promise that has led to the current government shutdown.
Shearon accused the president of taking the federal employees "hostage" as part of the partial government shutdown to leverage funding for a border wall. He now regrets going against his instincts a year ago when he approved a plan to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan at the urging of foreign policy advisers, said a person familiar with the process.
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Earlier this weeks, peace talks took place in Abu Dhabi between U.S. and Taliban representatives in a bid to end the conflict. United States troops keep watch during an official visit in Farah province, Afghanistan May 19, 2018.
Trump added that he wants to have the wall in place "by election time", apparently referring to November 2020 when he is up for re-election.
December 25 marks the fourth day of the latest government shutdown, sparked by a row between Republicans and Democrats over funding for Trump's southern border wall.
"Democrats can come out and say they supported billions for fencing, but when push comes to shove, and this is something that will get passed into law, they suddenly back off", Chmielenski said.
The US President did not say how he was hearing from federal workers, excluding those he appointed to their jobs or who work with him in the White House.
Trump reaffirmed a claim made on Twitter Monday that he had approved a contract for the construction of 115 miles (185 kilometers) of wall in Texas, although the White House has not offered any details on the project. After a weekend and two holiday days for federal employees, Wednesday was the first regularly scheduled workday affected by the shutdown. Trump had said he'd be "proud" to shut down the government in a fight over the wall. Employees classified as "essential" - including airport security, the military and those in other emergency service jobs - will continue to work, while about 350,000 federal employees are on furlough at home without pay, according to Government Executive, a publication about federal employees. I want everybody to understand: No one is working without getting paid.
"I think our borders need to be more secure to an extent, yes". He said he would make Mexico pay for it, but Mexico has refused.
Any move to fire Powell would create immediate "market chaos", said Peter Conti-Brown, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School - Trump's alma mater.