Trump: 'I don’t care' that most federal employees working without pay 'are Democrats'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE said Saturday that he wants to end the partial government shutdown that is stretching into its third week while reiterating his claim that most of the federal workers being furloughed or forced to work without pay are Democrats.

“I don’t care that most of the workers not getting paid are Democrats, I want to stop the Shutdown as soon as we are in agreement on Strong Border Security!” the president tweeted. “I am in the White House ready to go, where are the Dems?”

The government entered a partial shutdown on Dec. 22, shuttering about 25 percent of the government and leaving hundreds of thousands of workers furloughed or forced to work without pay for the time being.

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The shutdown began amid an impasse between the White House and lawmakers over Trump's demand for billions of dollars in funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Trump gathered with congressional leaders at the White House on Friday for the latest round of negotiations over a potential funding deal. The president has also commissioned a working group to continue negotiating on Saturday.

The president dug in on Saturday on his demand for $5.6 billion to fund his proposed wall as part of any deal to end the shutdown. He has also threatened to keep parts of the government shut down for years until he gets his desired funding to build the border wall. 

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Social Security emerges as flash point in Biden-Sanders fight | Dems urge Supreme Court to save consumer agency | Trump to sign USMCA next week Veronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerVeronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats turn to obstruction charge Liberal super PAC to run digital ads slamming Trump over Medicare comments MORE (D-N.Y.) have both said they would not agree to allocate any additional funds for the wall. 

The House passed spending bills this week to reopen the government without border wall funding, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment Impeachment throws curveball in Iowa to sidelined senators MORE (R-Ky.) has refused to bring the House-passed measure to the floor for a vote, saying he wouldn’t introduce any legislation that didn’t have the public endorsement of the White House.

The president first claimed in December that most of the federal employees impacted by the shutdown are Democrats, prompting backlash from lawmakers.

"Do the Dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are Democrats?" he tweeted last week.