Trump, Democrats Play the Blame Game in 2nd Shutdown Weekend

Trump said he will take US-Mexico relations back to the days before NAFTA opened free trade across Canada Mexico and US

Trump said he will take US-Mexico relations back to the days before NAFTA opened free trade across Canada Mexico and US

Instead, the Democratic House leader was recognized at a luxury resort in Hawaii on Thursday. Aides for House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declined to reveal their whereabouts. So we fully expect that until she's elected Speaker and has locked that vote up, we don't expect to hear from the Democrats again.

The North Portico of the White House is seen, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Washington. "The Democrats, believe it or not, don't call that a wall", he said. Since assuming office in January 2017, the president has had a Republican-controlled congress. House Democrats have repeatedly gone to the House floor - including yesterday - to try to force a vote on a clean bill to re-open government, ' he continued.

Though Trump omitted details about what his version of shutting down the border would look like and whether he would be willing to go as far as closing ports of entry, such as worldwide bridges in Progreso, Pharr, Hidalgo, Mission and Donna, a Washington Post analysis of a border closure found there's "very little he can do to shut down the border that would stand up legally".

Hammill said 'given that the President has changed his position so many times, we would not consider any offers from the White House that the President has not publicly endorsed. "And the president must exercise the decorum expected from the White House - even from his Twitter account".

Trump is also canceling plans to visit his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, and will remain in Washington over the New Year holiday, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said.

Mulvaney brought up that lawmakers have skipped town.

Democrats are considering several options once they take over the House next month: passing a short continuing resolution to fund the rest of the government, a long-term continuing resolution, or funding all of the government at current levels other than the Homeland Security Department, Politico reported earlier this week.

Trump visited San Diego in March to review border wall prototypes commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security, but he has not visited a Border Patrol station or USA port of entry.

On Friday, he upped the brinkmanship by threatening anew to close the border with Mexico if he does not get the funding he wants for his border wall. Negotiations continue between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill, but there's only so much Congress can do without the president.

"The president's been here, by the way, all weekend, all Christmas".

As agreement eludes Washington in the waning days of the Republican monopoly on power, it sets up the first big confrontation between Trump and newly empowered Democrats. 'He's cancelled his plans for Christmas, now he cancelled his plans for New Year's'. "I'm not going to tell you what it is", Mulvaney said.

"This is just pouring salt into the wound", said Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents about 100,000 federal workers.

"We are far apart", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told CBS on Friday, claiming of Democrats, "They've left the table all together".

"Everyone agrees that what we can and should be building on that southern border is that steel barrier that the president tweeted out. We do not want to be rash", he said.

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