Rubio Meekly Objects To Way White House Has 'Handled' Shutdown

April FrancisDec 30, 2018

President Donald Trump threatened to close the US southern border if Democratic lawmakers refuse to appropriate funding for his proposed wall, in a Friday morning tweet.

Congressional leaders remained out of town, while Trump returned to Washington early Thursday from an unannounced visit to USA troops in Iraq.

President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to seal the US-Mexico border "entirely" if Congress does not approve billions of dollars in funding for a wall.

The president justified the border closure by stating that the USA loses a lot of money in trade with Mexico under NAFTA, which will be soon replaced by a new trilateral deal between the NAFTA states.

The partial government shutdown will nearly certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year, as President Donald Trump sought to raise the stakes Friday and both parties traded blame in the weeklong impasse.

While we await the President's public proposal, Democrats have made it clear that, under a House Democratic Majority, we will vote swiftly to re-open government on Day One'. "We take great care of the relationship with the government of the United States", Lopez Obrador said.

The father of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in USA government custody has said that his child was not sick before being detained, according to the Associated Press.

Agreement eludes Washington in the waning days of the Republican monopoly on power, and that sets up the first big confrontation between Trump and newly empowered Democrats.

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Trump appeared no closer to securing money for his signature border wall, which he vowed during the campaign that he would make Mexico pay for.

Both sides have dug in. Instead, Trump has been working to end the shutdown, though he maintains he will not sign a spending bill that excludes funding for a border wall.

President Donald Trump discussed the government shutdown stalemate at the White House with advisers including Vice President Mike Pence, legislative director Shahira Knight and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, an official said.

Trump, who scrapped plans to spend Christmas in his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and stayed in Washington due to the shutdown, had now also canceled his New Year's plans, Mulvaney said.

Asked about the startling rhetoric, Mulvaney told Fox that Trump "is trying to draw light to the fact this is a insane discussion to be having".

"No, Mr. President, you can not shut down the Southwest Border as a bargaining chip for your useless border wall proposal", the statement read. "We're going to behave like adults and do our job". Over the past two years, the Trump administration has strived to crack down on asylum-seekers at the border.

Mulvaney also praised 'that steel slat fence that he sent the picture out, ' in reference to the border barrier Trump tweeted out with spiky points on top, saying experts consider it the 'ideal border barrier'.

In one tweet Friday, Trump warned: "word is that a new Caravan is forming in Honduras and they are doing nothing about it". That year, the USA directed $181 million to Honduras and $118.2 million to El Salvador.

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