President Donald Trump warned today the USA federal government may not fully reopen any time soon, as he stood firm on his demand for billions of dollars in funding for a border wall with Mexico.
"We're in a shutdown because Democrats refuse to fund the border security", said Pres. Trump. His demand infuriated many Republicans who had been working to avoid a shutdown, but most have followed his lead and are insisting Democrats broker some sort of compromise. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) has sworn that Trump will "never" get money for the wall, while the most likely new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) repeatedly denounced Trump's wall as "immoral, ineffective and expensive". Pres. Trump made it clear that he was standing by his request for $5.6 Billion for border wall funding calling it a small price to pay to keep the country safe.
The commander in chief also lamented spending Christmas alone in the White House while his family celebrated the holidays at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
The briefing is scheduled for 3 p.m. EST Wednesday, the day before Democrats assume control of the House. Funding for Trump's pet project, a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, has been the sticking point in passing budgets. But every proposal the White House and Republicans have sought to construct the wall has relied on federal money, and they have not offered any scenario that would see that money repaid by the Mexican government.
President Donald Trump says the southern border is "like a sieve", and he's lamenting how US authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants trying to breach the border fence in Tijuana.
The partial government shutdown, which started over the debate on whether to include funding for a border wall, has now entered its 12th day.
The partial shutdown is affecting about a quarter of the federal government, and 800,000 federal employees.
Today marks the last day of the Trump-Ryan-McConnell era of unified Republican government in Washington, which, despite the huge political power wielded by three men between whom there exists near-perfect ideological alignment, will still conclude in the midst of a two-week government shutdown of their own creation. It is being held in the White House's secure "Situation Room", and the media will not be invited for any portion of it, according to guidance sent from the White House.
"Mexico is paying for the Wall through the new USMCA Trade Deal". That was 30 years ago ...
For Democrats, that means they will not put anything on the table beyond the current $1.3 billion for border security.
After a White House meeting on Sunday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump was receptive to Graham's idea of a deal that might provide work permits to Dreamer immigrants in exchange for money for physical border barriers.