Trump says build US-Mexico wall or he'll seal border

Trump says build US-Mexico wall or he'll seal border

According to ABC News, no lawmakers showed up during the holiday break, and the office of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) notified members Thursday that there would be no votes this week.

Or, more concretely, he would refuse to fund the federal government until congressional Democrats agreed to appropriate upwards of $5 billion for his border wall (even though the Republican Senate had already signaled that it was willing to fund the government without such an appropriation, and Democrats would only need to wait a matter of days before they assumed control of the House).

The White House is accusing Democrats of walking away from the negotiating table. "She can not be seen by her party as being weak on negotiating with Donald Trump".

The press secretary said the president has bent over backwards trying to make a deal on border security to put a stop to the human and drug trafficking that's happening at the southern border. His opponents, including some in his Republican party, accuse the president of exaggerating the danger from illegal immigration for his own political gain.

A partial USA government shutdown was widely expected to continue after Congress reconvenes on Thursday, with lawmakers split over President Donald Trump's demand for $5 billion in taxpayer funding for a proposed Mexican border wall. Mostly, the Democratic aides declined to take the blame-game bait being dangled by the White House.

Vice President Mike Pence and Mulvaney met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Saturday, and "came down off of our $5 billion offer", the OMB director said.

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Trump also said the US would cut off all aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador for "taking advantage of (the) USA for years!"

The shutdown impacts 25 percent of the federal government, including the Interior, Justice and Homeland Security departments.

Misguided as Trump's wall is, the smart thing for Democrats to do would be to give him some money for it in exchange for legalizing Dreamers and those he kicked off "temporary protected status".

Democrats along with a number of Republicans have said that they cannot support the border wall in part because a wall is an ineffective and inefficient way to secure the border.

Fox News has confirmed that Pelosi, the House speaker-designate, is vacationing in Kona, Hawaii, and was seen there Thursday as well as Friday morning. "Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve!"