A government shut down occurs in the US when Congress and the US President fail to reach an agreement on legislation. Donald Trump’s administration enforced a partial government shutdown at midnight on December 22 over his demands for more funding to build a wall on the border of Mexico. The shutdown was initially meant to last until Christmas Day, which meant Mr Trump cancelled his plans to spend Christmas in Florida.
Mr Trump said the shut down could last “a long time” during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
He added he wouldn't accept anything less than $2.5 billion for his plans for the border wall.
The US President argued more federal dollars are spent in Afghanistan in a month than for the wall.
He said: "I mean, we spend in Afghanistan more in one month than what we're talking about for the wall. Think of that, okay. That's another way.