Trump Blames Democrats For Deaths Of 2 Children In Border Patrol Custody

Posted December 30, 2018

President Donald Trump Friday threatened to close the entire US-Mexico border if Democrats refuse to fund a border wall.

"We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall", Trump tweeted.

President Trump continued to blame Democrats for the current government shutdown, which has lasted for a week and affects roughly 25 percent of the federal government.

Pelosi has vowed to pass legislation as soon as she takes the gavel, which is expected when the new Congress convenes, to reopen the nine shuttered departments and dozens of agencies now hit by the partial shutdown. No moves were made to end the continuing impasse, which has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers either on unpaid leave or not knowing when they'll be paid.

In what looked like an attempted divide-and-conquer via TV interview strategy, Mulvaney floated the theory of a split between the two leaders, who together clashed with Trump in a caustic televised Oval Office meeting days before the shutdown began.

Democrats have not made a counteroffer to the administration's proposal for border-wall funding on December 22.

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Pelosi is poised to become speaker of the House again after Democrats officially retake the majority of the House next week.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is spending the holidays vacationing in Hawaii, as a partial government shutdown grinds on with no resolution in sight.

Trump, meanwhile, has been hardening his rhetoric and on Saturday said that Democrats have given the Republicans none of the votes they need in the Senate to provide for border security.

White House aides ignored several requests for comment about any talks Thursday ahead of what turned out to be short House and Senate sessions.

Democrats will not consider any offers that have not been publicly endorsed by Trump himself, he said.

The resort she's staying at has a "Spa Without Walls", which is fitting considering her opposition to the funding the president's border wall, where the cheapest message runs at the cost of $159 and the price goes up to $569 for a couple's message, according to the resort's website.

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A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died of dehydration and septic shock while in government custody earlier this month. She was twice revived by Border Patrol emergency medical technicians or EMTs and airlifted to a Texas hospital.

"So hopefully Senator Schumer and the Democrat leadership will come up with a number that satisfies the president for border security".

Democratic leaders in the House and Senate have been negotiating with the Trump administration.

"I think it's obvious that until the president decides he can sign something - or something is presented to him - that we are where we are", said Sen.

He has also repeatedly threatened to cut off USA aid to countries he deems insufficient partners in combating illegal immigration, but has thus far failed to follow through with those threats. He also threatened to cut off USA aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, among countries he deems have not done enough to combat illegal immigration.

Attempting to ratchet up the pressure on Democrats Saturday, Trump apportioned blame for the recent deaths of two migrant children while in the custody of U.S. Border Patrol.

And it is Congress, not the president, which appropriates aid money.

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"We are not giving up on that - it's why the government is closed, ' Mulvaney said".