Government shutdown becomes longest in US history

Trump threatened to keep the US government partially shut for months. (Shutterstock)

The partial US government shutdown sparked by a standoff over funding for US President Donald Trump’s border wall project became the longest in the country’s history on Saturday, entering its 22nd day.

The shutdown -- which began on December 22 -- surpassed the previous record of 21 days, set in 1996 when President Bill Clinton was in office.

Trump threatened to keep the US government partially shut for months or years on Friday after he and Democratic leaders failed to resolve their dispute over Trump’s request for $5.6 billion to build a wall on the Mexican border.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51
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