Shutdown Showdown: Donald Trump 'Waiting for Democrats' at White House

US President Donald Trump continued to pressure the Democrats in the US Senate to approve the funding for the construction of the border wall, as well as amendments to immigration law, on 28 December on Twitter, threatening to close the entire southern border otherwise.

He called Democratic members of Congress "obstructionists".

Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi has been spotted vacationing in Hawaii while the partial government shutdown drags on and heads toward its second week. After the Senate failed to sign the bill following approval by the lower chamber, the USA government went into a partial shutdown.

As talks with Schumer ground to a stop and almost 800,000 federal workers wonder how long they might be going without paychecks, White House officials have slowly turned their public relations efforts toward Pelosi.

Pelosi has all but locked up the support she needs to win the gavel on January 3 and there is also no sign of daylight between her and Schumer in the negotiations over government funding. Congressional Democrats have rejected that figure and in recent weeks have refused to publicly endorse a figure above $1.3 billion, which continues existing funding levels and includes money for new border fencing and levee walls, but not the concrete wall Trump once demanded before he started more recently talking about "steel slats". "They told us last night that they were not countering our last offer", he explained.

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney claimed there was a split between Sen. The president told them he would be "proud to shut down the government for border security", adding he would "take the mantle" before roaring this: "I'm not going to blame you for it".

"'She can not be seen by her party as being weak on negotiating with Donald Trump", Mulvaney said.

Democrats brushed off the White House's attempt to cast blame.

Democrats and some Republicans view the wall as a costly, unneeded and ineffective project, but some Republicans support the idea and back Trump's demand for $5bn in partial funding.

Trump said he would then take US-Mexican relations back to the days before the NAFTA agreement opened free trade across Canada, Mexico and the US.

Trump had said during his campaign that Mexico would pay for his promised wall, but Mexico refuses to do so.

The Republican president also reiterated threats to cut off all US aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, which he said were doing nothing to stop the flow of migrants toward the United States.

Trump has threatened to close the border in October and November over a caravan of about 4,000 people from Central America who were traveling to the border.

He has repeatedly threatened to cut off US aid to countries that he deems have not done enough to combat illegal immigration, but thus far he's failed to follow through.

That would "bring our auto industry back into the United States where it belongs", he said. And instead, our President--who apparently lacks any capacity for human empathy--decides to use the death of two children as a political tool, something he can hit his opponents with.

  • Tracy Klein