Pompeo hopes for a threatening end of the American government
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Qatari capital Doha on January 13, 2019
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hopes for a threatening end to the government's longest shutdown in American history, he said on Sunday during a tour in the Middle East with a stop.
"I hope it ends tomorrow," said Pompeo to applaud when he addressed the American diplomats in Doha, the last stop during his eight-day regional tour.
The partial US government closed on Sunday the 23rd day and had 800,000 federal employees work without paying the wages – including staff from the embassy.
"While I travel today with the shutdown that is underway, we all know that we still have a mission," Pompeo told the meeting of diplomats and their families.
US President Donald Trump has refused to waive his demand that legislators approve funding to build a border wall of Mexico.
As the shutdown drags, Trump said Saturday that he would stop declaring a state of emergency that would allow him to bypass the Democrats' opposition and secure billions of dollars for the proposed wall.
"I hope we get it sorted out and get everyone back to work and get their salaries", Pompeo said to diplomats.
Despite the ongoing crisis, he told journalists on Saturday that it was morally good in American staff abroad.
"We are doing our best to ensure that it does not affect our diplomacy," he said while in Abu Dhabi.
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