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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe 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 PelosiSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate Tech legal shield included in USMCA despite late Pelosi push GOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerKrystal Ball: Is this how Bernie Sanders will break the establishment? TikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings, inflaming tensions Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments 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 McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — House Dems charge Trump with abuse, obstruction of Congress in impeachment articles Senate must take up Voting Rights Advancement Act without delay Krystal Ball: Is this how Bernie Sanders will break the establishment? 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.