Trump Says Democrats Started Opposing Border Wall Only After He Campaigned It

Posted December 25, 2018

"They don't have a feel for the Market, they don't understand necessary Trade Wars or Strong Dollars or even Democrat Shutdowns over Borders".

Democrats officially take over the House on January 3 for the 116th Congress, and some Republicans see this as their last real shot at getting funding approved for the wall.

Unlike past shutdowns, this one seemed to lack urgency, coming during the long holiday weekend after Trump had already declared Christmas Eve a federal holiday. The Saturday offer was $2.5 billion for border security, including new fencing and $400 million for Trump immigration priorities, according to a Democratic aide. The comments highlighted Trump's unpredictable negotiating style.

The president's $5 billion demand is just a down payment on Mr. Trump's borderwide vision.

Schumer's office says the parties remain "very far apart".

Washington's National Christmas Tree went dark on Monday on the third day of a United States government shutdown that left President Donald Trump fuming at opponents and stock markets teetering.

Schumer has said Trump must abandon his border wall to reopen the government, while Trump has insisted he get more than the $1.6 billion for border upgrades that Senate Democrats previously backed.

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He pointed out other times when Senate Democrats had voiced support for border wall funding and yet now objected to any funds that would go toward an actual wall.

He put off plans to spend Christmas at his Florida estate and remained in Washington.

But after Vice-President Mike Pence left Capitol Hill, after more fruitless talks, Richard Shelby of Alabama, the Republican chair of the Senate appropriations committee, said a quick end to the shutdown was "not probable".

His Republican Party controls both chambers of the outgoing Congress and the budget was indeed passed by the House on Thursday by 217 votes to 185.

"Different people from the same White House are saying different things about what the president would accept or not accept.making it impossible to know where they stand at any given moment", Schumer and Pelosi said.

Democrats held firm Sunday in opposition to a wall, which Trump promised his political base he would build. Mulvaney said "the president's not going to not accept money for a border wall". It was only when I made it an important part of my campaign. that they turned against it, ' the president wrote.

However, an AP Fact Check found that USA arrests on the Mexican border jumped 78 percent in November from a year earlier to the highest level in Trump's presidency.

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Meanwhile, if something like it occurs, God forbid, it can lead to the death of the whole civilization and, maybe, our planet. Any such inspections - if they were to happen - should not be unilateral but should take place in both countries, he added.

While that fundraiser aims to help keep people from illegally crossing the border, another was set up to counter it, looking to raise money to help those wanting to enter the US. Several Cabinet departments and agencies have been closed since Saturday after their funding lapsed.

Meanwhile, from coast to coast, the first day of the shutdown played out.

Most critical USA security functions remain operational, but 800,000 federal workers are impacted, with many furloughed just days before Christmas while others deemed essential are working unpaid.

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees will have to work unpaid or are furloughed, a kind of temporary leave.

But voters expected that to change if Democrats won control of the House as happened on Election Day. "If that's the case, again, there's a chance we go into the next Congress".

"The President will meet with Secretary Nielsen and other DHS officials today at 2pm to discuss border security", Sanders said in the statement.

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