Trump claims he has not 'abandoned' a concrete border wall

Conway Border wall debate ‘a foolish semantic argument

Conway Border wall debate ‘a foolish semantic argument’ by Denis Bedoya | Dec 30 2018 | News

"Nancy Pelosi needs to come back from Hawaii".

Trump wants $5 billion in funding for a wall along the more than 2,000-mile border, which he says is now too porous to stop illegal immigration and which he claims has become a magnet for criminals, drugs and even terrorists.

House Democrats have prepared two bills aimed at ending the partial government shutdown, according to Democratic House aides, but neither is expected to include any new money for President Trump's border wall. Really, he said. "To be honest, it's not a wall". He's signaled he's in no rush to give up on a signature campaign issue as he launches his own re-election bid in 2020. Meanwhile, Pelosi was spotted soaking up the sun at a luxurious resort after she and other Congressional Democrats left town.

Trump cancelled a planned trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida after the start of the partial government shutdown. They need 60 votes to accomplish that objective, which would require some Democratic support.

There has been little direct contact between the sides during the stalemate, and Mr Trump did not ask Republicans, who hold a monopoly on power in Washington until January 3, to keep Congress in session.

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".

But House Democrats alone will not be able to break the impasse.

But the White House is already threatening to veto anything Democrats do. If they reject funding bills for departments unconnected to border security, Republicans could be seen to hold those agencies and their roughly 800,000 workers hostage to Trump's wall demand. It found that veterans overall approved of Trump's job performance, but women, the fastest growing demographic group in the military, defied that trend with a majority disapproving of him. Senator Susan Collins, Republican of ME, called the White House on Friday urging an "immediate fix" and termed the outcome "good news".

"If we blame each other, this could last a long, long time", Shelby said on CBS News' "Face the Nation." Shelby said. "It's not a question of who wins or loses".

Right-wing columnist Ann Coulter - author of In Trump We Trust - recently predicted he will not be re-elected. They show no signs of bending, either. They would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to September 30. But a previous attempt to reach a compromise that addressed the status of "Dreamers" - young immigrants brought to the United States as children - broke down past year as a result of escalating White House demands.

Both in the House and Senate Democrats appeared defiant and have said they will not back down from their rejection of a border wall. The White House abandoned the concept of a "solid concrete wall early on in the administration", he said.

Republicans, who will still control the Senate under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have not signaled their next move.

A turbulent year is coming to a close in Washington with the 10th day of a partial federal government shutdown and no signs of progress toward a spending deal that President Donald Trump would be willing to sign.

Lindsey Graham, who said he hoped to end the shutdown by offering Democrats incentives to get them to vote for wall funding. "They have known, and they do know, that if they can get here, they can, generally speaking, stay".

"We can't afford to keep financing the provision of government services by borrowing more and more money", Jones said in a statement.

And if the shutdown drags into the new Congress?

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