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Like much of America, you may find yourself occasionally asking if our timeline could get any stranger. Turns out, the answer is yes.

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President Donald Trump on Sunday issued a new pitch for a border wall by comparing his proposed project to the security enclosure surrounding the home of former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama.

"President and Mrs. Obama built/has a ten foot Wall around their D.C. mansion/compound," the president chirped on Twitter. "I agree, totally necessary for their safety and security. The U.S. needs the same thing, slightly larger version!"

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US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes with Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Portions of the federal government are currently shut down as part of a standoff between President Donald Trump and Congress. The President stated that until he gets his border wall, he will keep the government shut down.

The United States Constitution puts all appropriated funds under the jurisdiction of the legislative branch. Some cite a violation of the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution when the President blackmails Congress for money.

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President Donald Trump speaks about his refusal to sign a continuing resolution authority to keep the government running unless he gets over $5 billion for his border wall on December 20, 2018. (New News/YouTube)

In a speech over a wide range of topics, President Donald Trump attempted to justify his decision to renege on his promise to Republican leadership to sign a continuing resolution authority (CRA) to keep the government operating. Congress agreed to a CRA until February 8, 2019 to avoid a shutdown.

With no federal budget approved for fiscal year 2019, which began October 1, 2018, the government is currently operating on a CRA that is set to expire. Trump initially threatened Democrats that he would be "proud" to shut down the government if he did not get the over $5 billion he wants for his unpopular and ill-advised border wall.

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