By Sebastian Smith

The US government shutdown has left 800,000 federal employees without salaries. This is as a result of President Donald Trump’s row with Democrats over building a Mexico border wall. The row has entered a record 22nd day on Saturday.

The Democrats’ refusal to approve $5.7 billion demanded by Trump for the wall project has paralyzed Washington, with the president retaliating by refusing to sign off on budgets for swaths of government departments unrelated to the dispute.

As a result, workers as diverse as FBI agents, air traffic controllers and museum staff, did not receive paychecks Friday.

First published in The Times of Israel on 12 January 2019.

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