Trump suggests Vatican proves border wall is moral

President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE on Wednesday suggested that a border wall can't be immoral because there are walls around the Vatican.

“When they say the wall’s immoral, well then you got to do something about the Vatican, because the Vatican has the biggest wall of them all," Trump said during remarks at a meeting with his Cabinet members.

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Trump also claimed that walls "work 100 percent."

"Look at all of the countries that have walls, and they work 100 percent," he said. "It’s never going to change. A wall is a wall.”

Trump's comments came as he continues to demand that Congress approve $5 billion in funding for a wall to be built along the southern border.

The federal government has been in a partial shutdown since Dec. 22, with lawmakers at odds over Trump's demand for border wall funding. There were no indications Wednesday that the shutdown would end soon.

Trump said during his remarks at Wednesday's Cabinet meeting that the shutdown could last for "a long time," while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA —Biden unveils health care plan | Proposal pitches subsidies, public option | Biden vows if you like your health insurance, 'you can keep it' | Sanders protests planned Philadelphia hospital closure MORE (R-Ky.) suggested Wednesday that the shutdown could continue for "weeks."

"We're hopeful that somehow in the coming days and weeks we'll be able to reach an agreement," McConnell said, adding that he didn't think "any particular progress" was made Wednesday.

Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Trump: I don't have a racist bone in my body Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump MORE (D-Calif.), likely the next Speaker, reiterated that Democrats won't agree to fund a wall.

“Nothing for the wall,” she told with NBC’s “Today” in an interview that will air Thursday.