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By BWSTimes Staff
On January 2, 2019, the Smithsonian Institution initiated an orderly shutdown of its 19 museums in Washington, D.C. and New York City and the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington DC wasn’t spared.
It’s the third US government shutdown under the Trump administration.
The first government shutdown began January 20, the second, February 9, and the third, beginning just becoming Christmas and Kwanzaa on December 22, 2018.
President Trump said he wouldn’t sign any funding bill that did not include border wall funding and that he would accept full responsibility for a government shut down saying,
I am proud to shut down the government for border security … I will be the one to shut [the government] down. I’m not going to blame you for it [responding to Democratic leaders, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer] … I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down.”
Now thousands of federal government employees are temporarily out of work, sparking the latest social media hashtag #ShutDownStories
President Trump said that the government shutdown will last “as long as it takes” to get border wall funding.