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Trump's economic adviser compares government shutdown to vacation

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US Donald Trump's has compared the ongoing shutdown as a vacation, saying that furloughed workers were "better off".

"Huge share of government workers were going to take vacation days, say between and New Year's. And then we have a shutdown and so they can't go to work, and so then they have the vacation but they don't have to use their vacation days," quoted as saying in a TV interview on Sunday.

"And then they come back and then they get their back pay, then they're, in some sense they're better off," said.

On Saturday, the shutdown reached its 21st day, breaking the record to become the longest government shutdown in US history -- with no end in sight.

The shutdown has impacted roughly a quarter of the and hundreds of thousands of federal workers, said.

An estimated 800,000 federal workers have been affected by the lapse in funding -- either by having to work without pay while it lasts or by being furloughed.

Trump and lawmakers are still locked in a standoff over the President's demand that allocate $5.7 billion to build a wall at the US-border.

Trump has said he is considering declaring a national emergency to get the money but would prefer to strike a deal with

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 09:00 IST
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