White House says shutdown ball is in Dem's court

Dec 31, 2018, 00:51
White House says shutdown ball is in Dem's court

"The president still says "wall" - oftentimes frankly he'll say "barrier" or 'fencing, ' now he's tended toward steel slats", Kelly told the Times.

"For those that naively ask why didn't the Republicans get approval to build the Wall over the previous year, it is because IN THE SENATE WE NEED 10 DEMOCRAT VOTES, and they will gives us "NONE" for Border Security!", he tweeted.

Trump held out for billions in federal funds for a border wall between the US and Mexico, which Democrats have said they were intent on blocking.

The closure of federal agencies marks the third partial government shutdown this year and the longest since workers were furloughed for 16 days in 2013 during a budget impasse when House Republicans sought to cut off funding for the Affordable Care Act.

President Donald Trump is threatening to close the USA border with Mexico if Democrats in Congress don't agree to fund the construction of a border wall.

The president's series of tweets about the border riled up Rio Grande Valley congressmen, who quickly fired back, both on the president's preferred social media platform and in a prepared statement.

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Amidst the government shutdown over border security funding, Trump took to Twitter Saturday to accuse Democrats as being culpable in the death of two migrant children who have died in United States custody.

In November, Trump threatened to close the "whole border" with Mexico if "it gets to a level where we're going to lose control or people are going to start getting hurt".

Asked about Trump's threat on Friday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told reporters it was an internal USA government matter. Since the Senate already passed a continuing resolution to do so, they feel that Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would push that measure through.

He said the United States lost "soooo much money on Trade with Mexico under NAFTA, over 75 Billion Dollars a year (not including Drug Money which would be many times that amount), that I would consider closing the Southern Border a "profit making operation".

The partial government shutdown will nearly certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year, as both parties traded blame Friday and President Donald Trump sought to raise the stakes in the weeklong impasse. "No", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said earlier this month.

But Schumer and likely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are sticking with their offer of $1.3 billion for border security, without allowing the administration to build new sections of wall.

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'Nancy Pelosi needs to comeback from Hawaii, less hula more moola, ' she said.

Meanwhile, neither side appeared ready to budge off their negotiating positions.

"The president would ask things like, "'Why can't we do it this way?'" Kelly said.

He added on "Fox & Friends" that he's surprised at the relaxed tenor of Democrats on the border wall.

The White House is still in the midst of a battle over funding for the border wall, which is expected to pick up Wednesday, when Congress returns to Washington, D.C. after their holiday.

Israel has also built security barriers on its borders with Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, and some parts of the West Bank.

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However, most of the people living in the USA illegally do so by simply overstaying legally obtained visas, the Center for Migration studies reported a year ago.