White House Targets Pelosi Even After Trump's 'Proud' Shutdown Vow

Saul Bowman
December 29, 2018

He went on to say that he would consider such closure to be a "profit making operation" given how much the USA loses in trade with Mexico under NAFTA.

"The President's been here, by the way, all weekend, all Christmas", Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who will also assume the role of acting chief of staff at the end of the year, said in an interview Friday on "Fox & Friends". The government shutdown, which has kept hundreds of thousands of federal employees out of work, is expected to extend into the new year. "The president is very heavily engaged in this".

Federal workers and contractors forced to stay home or work without pay are experiencing mounting stress from the impasse, which is hung up on President Trump's demand for money to build a border wall.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday, 47 percent of Americans hold Trump responsible for the shutdown, while 33 percent blame Democrats in Congress.

"Nancy Pelosi is only looking to protect her speakership but not protect our borders and that's why she's unwilling to negotiate with us and unwilling to make any type of a deal and unwilling to help do what is necessary", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on the CBS "This Morning" program.

Democrats along with a number of Republicans have said that they cannot support the border wall in part because a wall is an ineffective and inefficient way to secure the border.

"If they can't do it before January 3, then we will do it", said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., incoming chairman of the Rules Committee.

Both sides have dug in, with Democrats refusing to provide funding for Trump's border wall project and the president insisting he will not fully fund the government unless he gets the wall. "We're going to behave like adults and do our job". The Senate bill contains $1.3 billion for border security excluding any concrete wall.

In the new Congress, Senate Republicans will increase their number of seats to 53 but still will need Democratic support to pass any legislation requiring a 60-vote majority.

Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who opened the Senate on Thursday for a session that only lasted minutes.

Trump has consistently painted the asylum seekers and economic migrants in outlandish terms, raising the specter of rapists, gang members and people with infectious diseases roaming freely across the border. The White House would have to notify Congress if it wanted to cut or reallocate aid, which could delay or complicate the process.

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