Trump tweets he’s waiting for Dems to make deal

Trump tweets he’s waiting for Dems to make deal

"He wants to make a deal on border security".

Rejecting next week's spending measure from House Democrats would put a Republican stamp on the shutdown. "They're not even talking right now".

Speaking to CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, South Carolina Republican Sen.

Democrats are looking at several options to get the government funded when they retake control of the House of Representatives on January 3 but they do not seem to be backing down from the $1.3 billion they've offered.

Trump also suggested Friday that shutting down the border with Mexico would somehow generate "profit" for the U.S. When asked by ABC News for any evidence or explanation of that claim, the White House did not respond.

The White House and Democrats are locked between the $5.6 billion Trump is demanding and the $1.3 billion Democrats have offered.

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".

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The government is entering day nine of a partial government shut down with negotiations at a stand still.

With time dwindling before a new Congress is sworn in, Donald Trump has not budged in his demand for billions in funding for a border wall, narrowing prospects for a government shutdown to end immediately when the legislature reconvenes.

"We're here, and they know where to find us", White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said in an interview with Fox News Channel.

Pelosi's vacation comes as she continues to blame Trump for the government shutdown.

Kelly, who was Trump's chief of staff when the House Republicans lost their majority in the midterm elections this year, said he had made clear to the president that the "last thing" he needed was a political aide in that job. He has announced no plans to leave Washington to highlight his push for more wall funding.

The Times noted that from his time heading Homeland Security in 2017, Kelly valued input from "people who actually secure the border", the Customs and Border Protection agents on the ground.

In November, Trump threatened to close the "whole border" with Mexico if "it gets to a level where we're going to lose control or people are going to start getting hurt".

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"They said, 'Well we need a physical barrier in certain places, we need technology across the board, and we need more people, '" he added.

Yet the warnings were inconsistent with his administration's stance. He also said the compromise should include changes in federal law to discourage people from trying to enter the US illegally. "While one White House official says they're willing to compromise, another says the president is holding firm at no less than $5 billion for the wall".

"One way for the White House to effectively refocus the debate would be to adopt more of a "show, not tweet" approach", said RJ Hauman, government relations director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which supports the border wall. Seven percent of Americans blamed congressional Republicans.

"This shutdown was completely preventable".

As the former head of Southern Command from Latin America to the U.S. -Mexico border, Kelly did acknowledge "we do have an immigration problem", but it has to be resolved by Congress and not the White House, military, or border patrol bearing all of the burden.

John Kelly said United States must curb drug demands and expand economic opportunity to halt illegal immigration.

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