Global

Trump again calls for complete wall at border

Trump again calls for complete wall at border

The partial government shutdown, which started over the debate on whether to include funding for a border wall, has now entered its 12th day.

"Walls work", Trump said at a Cabinet meeting, with a poster of himself lying on the table in front of him. Whether or not Republicans choose to challenge Trump will matter greatly, but the main event will play out on the Democratic side, where dozens of candidates are lining up to compete.

Trump says a complete wall is needed.

The briefing with congressional leaders is taking place one day before Democrats assume control of the House and end the Republican monopoly on the Government.

Speaking at the White House, Trump said on Wednesday he was sure the Supreme Court would side with him and that the administration would then be able to make a deal easily on the so-called Dreamers and the wall.

Democratic aides downplayed expectations for the 3 p.m. encounter at the White House, saying that since it was being billed by the White House as a "briefing" and not a meeting they were prepared for a one-sided and non-factual presentation.

So far, House Democrats appear largely unified in their plan to vote to reopen government without the money Trump is demanding to build the border wall.

Trump said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and border patrol officials will make a plea for a wall at the meeting.

NASA space probe 'phones home' in landmark mission to solar system's edge
A huge spill-over crowd in a nearby auditorium joined in the loud celebration, cheering each green, or good, status update. From New Horizons' location, a radio transmission traveling at light speed requires just over six hours to reach Earth.

Trump made the border wall a key part of his presidential campaign and said Mexico would pay for it. Mexico has refused.

Instead of cutting a hasty deal, Democrats seem more satisfied to demonstrate that it's Trump and Republicans standing in the way of a funded government.

Trump remains committed to "an agreement that both reopens the government and keeps Americans safe", she said. And as incompetent as Paul Ryan had proven himself to be at the task of delivering a bill that Trump found palatable, Pelosi would be even less likely to deliver anything that meets his exacting, xenophobic standards.

Even if only symbolic, the passage of the bills in the House would put fresh pressure on the president.

"We have given the Republicans the chance to take yes for an answer", Pelosi said.

The last time Schumer and Pelosi met Trump at the White House, on December 11, it turned into a weird televised squabble during which Trump claimed he would be "proud" to shut down the government over the wall, and insisted he would take ownership of any shutdown. That will now be the second item on their agenda, after funding the government, though they are still calling the anti-corruption package "H.R. 1" and plan to pass that bill later on Thursday. "So imaginative! The problem is, without a Wall there can be no real Border Security".

Asked about Romney's comments, Trump expressed surprise on Wednesday and said he hoped the Republican senator would prove to be a "team player". At the same time, administration officials said Trump was in no rush for a resolution to the impasse.

On Thursday, Democrats will officially take over the House, and their first order of business ― after they've elected their speaker ― will be passing legislation extending funding to all the shuttered agencies, pressuring Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump to let go of the border wall fight and end the shutdown. It would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to September 30.


  • Twitter reacts to Mike Tomlin's explanation of the Antonio Brown mess

    Twitter reacts to Mike Tomlin's explanation of the Antonio Brown mess

    Tight end Jimmy Graham was supposed to help fill that role, but was largely disappointing in his first season with the team. Brown's current deal with the Steelers runs through 2021, with an average annual salary of $17 million.
    Kim Jong Un's Fireside Chat Shows North Korea Bid for Acceptance

    Kim Jong Un's Fireside Chat Shows North Korea Bid for Acceptance

    After a flurry of diplomatic activity, in April Kim Jong-un met South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a summit at the inter-Korean border.
    Bayern Munich ready second bid for Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Bayern Munich ready second bid for Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi

    He made three more substitute appearances under Antonio Conte, including one in the Premier League against Bournemouth. Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi is reportedly on the radar of Bayern Munich ahead of the January transfer window.
  • Comedy legend June Whitfield has died, aged 93

    Comedy legend June Whitfield has died, aged 93

    Taking to Twitter, Sawalha said: "Thank you #damejunewhitfield, for teaching me my craft with such grace and dignity". In 1955 she married Timothy Aitchison, who died in 2001 and with whom she had a daughter, the actress Suzy Aitchison.
    UFC 232: Amanda Nunes KOs Cris Cyborg In 51 Seconds

    UFC 232: Amanda Nunes KOs Cris Cyborg In 51 Seconds

    Tonight, that's what it was about: Proving to myself and to everyone, at the same time, that I'm the best in the world. This may have been one of the most highly anticipated bouts in UFC women's history.
    Aaron Rodgers injured as Packers lose season finale to Lions

    Aaron Rodgers injured as Packers lose season finale to Lions

    His most recent head coaching duties came with the Detroit Lions from 2014-17, leading the team to the playoffs twice. Joe Philbin is serving as the Packers' interim head coach for the remainder of the 2018 season.
  • Trump Says 'Big Progress' Is Being Made On Trade Deal

    Trump Says 'Big Progress' Is Being Made On Trade Deal

    Beijing so far has pledged to resume buying US soybeans and to at least temporarily lower retaliatory tariffs on USA autos. It was unclear who initiated the call between Trump and Xi.
    Alabama will meet Clemson again for national title

    Alabama will meet Clemson again for national title

    Before Alabama and Clemson, the last time the same two teams started and ended the season 1-2 in the AP poll was in 2005. It's Deja vu time as Clemson and Alabama will be facing off for the National Championship once again.
    Sears chairman makes $4.4B bid to save company

    Sears chairman makes $4.4B bid to save company

    The iconic but now bankrupt chain announced Friday it was closing 80 more Sears and Kmart stores. The closings comprise 43 Sears and 37 Kmart stores, the two brands operated by Sears Holdings.
  • Warriors G Patrick McCaw Signing Offer Sheet With Cavaliers

    Warriors G Patrick McCaw Signing Offer Sheet With Cavaliers

    McCaw averaged 4.0 points per game in 128 regular-season appearances with the Warriors over the past two seasons. The standoff situation between McCaw and the Warriors has been the weirdest one to date in recent memory.
    Bears Taking On Vikings In Regular Season Finale

    Bears Taking On Vikings In Regular Season Finale

    The defense made life painful for Kirk Cousins and embarrassed Minnesota's offensive line for a total of four sacks. He's tied for the NFL lead with six forced fumbles for the Bears, who have 36 takeaways for the most in the league.
    Instagram rolls out 'huge update' by mistake

    Instagram rolls out 'huge update' by mistake

    Instagram told TechCrunch that the wide rollout was the result of a bug, and the old interface should reappear for all users soon. The Stories bar, however, was easy to access as it was always present and doesn't require you to scroll all the way to the top.