No talk of solution to United States government shutdown, Trump tweets blame

Saul Bowman
December 31, 2018

With the partial government shutdown in its ninth day on Sunday, some other lawmakers were less upbeat about prospects for a deal to restore spending authority.

Meanwhile, neither side appeared ready to budge off their negotiating positions.

But, reacting to the news that a second migrant child died this month while in the custody of us officials, Trump seemingly suggested that Border Patrol agents do, in fact, want a wall.

White House chief of staff John Kelly, who is set to leave the Trump administration within days, flatly asserted in remarks published Sunday that the president's proposed border project "is not a wall" and that all plans for a concrete wall were abandoned long ago - directly contradicting the White House's repeated claims to the contrary.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly looks on as US President Donald Trump meets with North Korean defectors in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration, when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it, ' he said.

"People who just want to say "wall, wall, wall" want it to be a four-letter word and not respect what Customs and Border Patrol and ICE tell us they need, which is enhancements at the border", she said. "If we had a Wall, they wouldn't even try!"

The two sides have had little direct contact 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.

Trump and Xi agreed to a ceasefire in the trade war, deciding to hold off on imposing more tariffs for 90 days starting December 1 while they negotiate a deal to end the dispute following months of escalating tensions.

The White House and Democrats are locked between the $5.6 billion Trump is demanding and the $1.3 billion Democrats have offered. She is also due to visit Yuma, Arizona, the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement on Saturday.

Democrats maintain that they have already presented the White House with three options to end the shutdown, none of which fund the wall, and insist that it's Trump's move.

"At this point, it's clear the White House doesn't know what they want when it comes to border security", said Justin Goodman, a spokesman for Schumer.

He also moved to defend himself from criticism that he couldn't deliver on the wall while the GOP controlled both the House and Senate.

Trump had lunch Sunday with Republican South Carolina Sen.

He added on "Fox & Friends" that he's surprised at the relaxed tenor of Democrats on the border wall.

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

"The president was upbeat, he was in a very good mood, and I think he's receptive to making a deal", Graham said, adding that Trump found the potential Dreamer concession "interesting".

"I hope that the two teams will meet each other half way, work hard, and strive to reach an agreement that is mutually beneficial and beneficial to the world as soon as possible", Xi said, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Mr Trump has remained out of the public eye since returning to the White House early Thursday from a 29-hour visit to United States troops in Iraq, instead taking to Twitter to attack Democrats.

His comments on Twitter came as his Homeland Security secretary met with medical professionals and ordered policy changes meant to better protect children detained at the border.

The wall was a major 2016 campaign promise of Trump's, who promised then that it would be paid for by Mexico, which has steadfastly refused to do so.

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