Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump unmoved on border wall demand as shutdown enters ninth day

Trump unmoved on border wall demand as shutdown enters ninth day

"And the most mysterious unexplainable part in all of this is why the president decided he would rather deal with House Democrats than House Republicans in order to avert, or get his way out of, a government shutdown".

Neither did Trump make any mention of the new free trade agreement, known as the USMCA, which he only recently signed with the two neighbouring countries to replace NAFTA and which he has repeatedly praised as a huge boost for American commerce. Republicans and Democrats said the two sides remain far apart.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation" that the House votes "would be probably an empty gesture". He said it "will not be a legitimate answer to this impasse". It's a theory that will be put to the test when the new House Democratic majority gavels in this week and votes to end the government shutdown without money for President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico. "I'm not asking anybody to do something new". "But in fact, what he's basically doing is just offering up common sense".

Mr Trump was cooped up in the White House after cancelling a vacation to his private Florida club. It's improved technology for surveillance and "steel slat" barriers which Trump decided was the policy after talking extensively with law enforcement. The White House would have to notify Congress if it wanted to cut or reallocate aid, which could delay or complicate the process.

Trump initially said he would take responsibility for shutting down the government over the border wall - but has since tried to shift blame to Democrats. Finally, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Sunday that the wall was nothing more than a "metaphor" for border security.

Asked on Sunday if the President will sign or veto a bill that Democrats pass, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" that "it depends what's in it", but added that Trump is "ready to negotiate".

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday disputed an assertion by his outgoing chief of staff, John Kelly, that the White House has abandoned plans for a solid concrete border wall, writing on Twitter that the idea was "NEVER ABANDONED". But a previous attempt to reach a compromise that addressed the status of "Dreamers" - young immigrants brought to the US illegally as children - broke down a year ago as a result of escalating White House demands.

- Trump blamed the deaths of two immigrant children in US custody on Democrats; Kelly blamed chaos at the border on former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The House and Senate have gaveled into session for short, pro forma sessions - averaging about 5 minutes and containing no votes. Lawmakers will be given 24 hours' notice if there's a breakthrough that would require a vote.

The new Congress is sworn into office on Thursday. Lawmakers will be given 24 hours notice if there's a breakthrough that would require a vote.If the standoff continues, all workers in the nine departments and dozens of agencies affected by the closure will miss their next paycheck on January 11.

The shutdown is forcing hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contractors to stay home or work without pay.

The second bill would reopen and fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) only on a short-term basis. Independent agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, are also affected. Next year our annual deficit is projected to top $1 trillion. Trump late Friday issued an executive order freezing pay for federal employees in 2019. He's in the White House.

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