White House says shutdown ball is in Dem's court

April FrancisDec 31, 2018

Lindsey Graham, who said he hoped to end the shutdown by offering Democrats incentives to get them to vote for wall funding.

Democrats have offered support for $1.3bn in funding for general border security, but have long opposed the building of a wall.

"Either we build (finish) the Wall or we close the Border", Trump wrote. "To suggest that the appropriate response to his own crisis to shut down operations at our nation's border and cut off humanitarian aid to Central America is grossly foolish".

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

"At the end of the day, there's a deal to be had", he said.

When visiting prototypes for the wall in March (that included large concrete options) he said "you have to have see-through.you have to know what's on the other side of the wall".

Days later U.S. authorities dramatically shuttered a border crossing in southern California after hundreds of migrants - part of the "caravan" Trump had roundly condemned - tried to breach a fence from the Mexican city of Tijuana.

Trump is demanding that Congress include his $5 billion in legislation that must be passed to restore funding to the agencies that expired at midnight on December 21. Some of those who spoke with Firstpost identify as Republican voters and even they are "sick" of the constant gridlock. A Schumer spokesperson provided this readout of that meeting: "The Vice President came in for a discussion and made an offer".

As the shutdown continues to drag on, Trump's dogged base politics have left him little leverage to force Democrats to comply with his wishes, an ominous reality as Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is expected to win the House speakership in the coming days and then mostly ignore Trump's calls for wall funds as she asserts herself within the confines of divided government. Where are they now?

Pelosi's hard-working staff are apparently forbidden from speaking about her Hawaii getaway, however.

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The North Portico of the White House is seen, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Washington. He's in Washington ready to negotiate.

Conway claims "the president has already compromised" by dropping his request for the wall from $25 billion to $5 billion.

Mr Kelly told the LA Times that his tenure should be measured on the moves the President did not make while he was chief of staff. "We have heard nothing in return".

Mulvaney told Fox last week that the administration had shown movement on the latest $5 billion demand for border security. Asked about Trump's threat on Friday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told reporters it was an internal USA government matter.

The threat comes one week after a deadlock in Washington over the federal budget caused a partial shutdown of the U.S. government.

"Democrats are not going to give us any money for a wall, border security, without getting something themselves", Graham said.

Outgoing White House chief John Kelly said he had "nothing but compassion" for undocumented migrants crossing into the United States and undercut the idea of a border wall in an interview Sunday that jarred with President Donald Trump's tough rhetoric on immigration.

John Kelly, who will leave his post Wednesday after a tumultuous 17 months in the job, said in an exit interview with the Los Angeles Times that Trump abandoned the notion of "a solid concrete wall early on in the administration".

"There may be a wall in some places, there may be steel slats, there may be technological enhancements", Conway said.

President Donald Trump has been struggling with Senate Democrats for weeks in a bid to deliver on one of his major election promises - to build a wall on the border with Mexico to stop illegal migrants from entering the US.

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