Trump Threatens To Close Border If Democrats Won’t Give Him Wall

Mexico creates free zone on US border to win investment create jobs

Mexico creates free zone on US border to win investment create jobs

The House passed a stopgap funding bill on December 20 that included $5.7 billion to construct a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border, however, with a 51-seat majority, Republicans fell short of the necessary 60 votes needed to send it to President Donald Trump's desk for signature.

Democratic leaders have refused to give him anything for the wall, which caused the government to shut down partially on December 22.

He's still at the White House, awaiting work by Congress on those spending bills that government employees are depending on. The shutdown is idling hundreds of thousands of federal workers and beginning to pinch citizens who count on some public services.

"The tweet the other day was somehow the shutdown money was going to be used to fund the border wall". Pelosi vowed shortly after the partial government shutdown that when she presumably assumes her speakership of the House, Democrats would put forth legislation attempting to open the government without any of the president's demands.

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney appeared on Fox and Friends on Friday and claimed that while Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer has signaled might be open to a deal, he said Rep. Nancy Pelosi is stopping it from moving forward until she is elected speaker.

He's made similar threats in the past without following through, and it is Congress, not the president, that appropriates aid money.

'The president is very heavily engaged in this on an nearly 'minute-by-minute basis, ' Mulvaney said. The next paycheck is due on January 11 and would be affected by the shutdown, he said.

Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill added that Democrats "are united against the President's immoral, ineffective and expensive wall" and said Democrats won't seriously consider any White House offer unless Trump backs it publicly because he "has changed his position so many times".

President Trump, meanwhile, canceled a planned trip to Florida to remain at the White House over Christmas. Senate Republicans approved that compromise in an earlier bill with Democrats but now say they won't be voting on any more unless something is agreed to by all sides, including Trump.

Mulvaney said Friday that Trump has been closely following the shutdown as well as the manhunt for an illegal immigrant suspected of killing a cop in California. "The Democrats, believe it or not, don't call that a wall", he said.

"Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are doing nothing for the United States but taking our money", Trump wrote in a tweet.

"We are always seeking a good relationship with the United States".

In a burst of early morning tweets the president said the alternative to funding his hugely controversial wall project would be total separation from Mexico - including making USA auto companies pull out their factories based on the other side of the frontier.

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