(AP) - With a government shutdown just hours away, President Donald Trump is appealing to Democrats via video message -- and blaming them for a standoff over money for his border wall.
Trump says in a Twitter video late Friday that "we're going to have a shutdown" and "there's nothing we can do about that because we need the Democrats to give us their votes."
OUR GREAT COUNTRY MUST HAVE BORDER SECURITY! pic.twitter.com/ZGcYygMf3a— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2018
The message comes after Trump said he wouldn't sign legislation Republicans had written because it didn't include enough money for a wall on the border with Mexico. Republicans cede the House majority in January.
Trump says to "call it a Democratic shutdown, call it whatever you want" while also saying lawmakers need to work on a bipartisan basis.
He adds, "Hopefully the shutdown will not last long."