Trump pledges to work with Democrats but demands wall

Jan 07, 2019, 00:06
Trump pledges to work with Democrats but demands wall

As night fell, the House quickly got to work on the partial government shutdown, which was winding up Day 13 with Trump demanding billions in Mexican border wall funding to bring it to an end.

I have never had so much support as I have in the last week over my stance for border security, for border control - and for frankly the wall of the barrier.

It isn't the first shot that Tlaib has taken towards Trump this week.

The short-term bill for DHS passed the House 239-192, with five Republicans breaking ranks to join all Democrats in support of the bill.

Trump has demanded Congress approve US$5.6 billion to build a wall on the southern United States border with Mexico - a major pledge from his 2016 presidential campaign.

In a nod to the historic nature of her election, Pelosi said she felt "particularly proud" to serve as "the woman speaker of the House of this Congress which marks the 100th year of women having the right to vote".

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It's a cold opening for the new majority, setting up an early confrontation with the Republican-led Senate and the White House and testing the House Democrats' ability to make good on their campaign pledge to focus on kitchen-table issues in the new era of divided government. "This is national security we're talking about", he said at a cabinet meeting ahead of the meeting with Pelosi, Schumer and top Republicans.

'On an nearly daily basis, he attacks our Constitution, our democracy, the rule of law and the people who are in this country.

Trump tweeted an ominous video Thursday with images of what appeared to be migrants trying to rush the border and clashing with law enforcement, beneath the words "crisis at the border", "drugs" and "crime".

"Build the Wall", the Republican president demanded on Twitter.

Trump said his meeting with leaders of the council had been scheduled before the impasse over border security funding led to the shutdown.

Democrats also approved, 241-190, a separate measure funding the Agriculture, Interior and other departments through September 30.

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Eight of the 11 freshman Democrats who voted against Pelosi are male and all of them are white. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was slated to give the congressional leaders a border security briefing, but was interrupted by Democrats and was unable to deliver the briefing.

Incoming chairpersons have signalled that Trump will face a barrage of probes that could bog down a White House already besieged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, draining energy from the administration's agenda and foiling Trump's message.

"What we're asking the Republicans in the Senate to do is to take "yes" for an answer". "You hear a lot of talk from experts that say walls don't work, I promise you that if you interview Border Patrol agents they will tell you that walls work". She was the House speaker from 2007 to 2011 when her Democratic Party controlled the lower chamber.

Vice President Mike Pence, who was on the Hill Thursday to swear in new senators, took a hard line, telling Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson, "Bottom line, if there's no wall, there's no deal". Several beaming new lawmakers were seen hugging and shaking hands with veteran members and each other.

Trump confirmed that he privately told Democrats the shutdown could drag on for months or years, though he said he hoped it wouldn't last that long.

But divisions remain, rearing up even before the newly elected members are sworn into office, as many are eager for change and ready to confront Trump.

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As the stalemate continues, there is no end in sight to the partial shutdown, which is affecting hundreds of thousands of federal workers who have either been furloughed or have had to work without pay. One measure would open most of the shuttered government departments at funding levels already agreed to by all sides.