Trump tweets he's alone at White House
- Author: Tracy Klein Dec 25, 2018,
Dec 25, 2018, 1:14
Trump is demanding $5 billion for a wall along the U.S. - Mexican border.
Among the "yes" votes were Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin and Patty Murray, the top three Senate Democrats.
Trump on Monday against lashed out at Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, whom he reportedly wanted to fire over the weekend for raising interest rates. "At some point, the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our Country more than the Border Wall we are all talking about". Rather than work around the clock, as in past shutdowns, the leaders of the House and the Senate effectively closed shop.
On Thursday, however, a day before temporary funding was set to run out, Mr. Trump again doubled down on one of his key campaign promises: the wall at the Mexican border.
"We moved off of the five and we hope they move up from their 1.3", he said Sunday, a day after a senior administration official insisted Congress would have to cave into Trump's spending demand for the shutdown to end.
Asked why Trump doesn't accept the $1.6 billion for border security that Democrats have offered, Graham said it's because Democrats offered the money a year ago, signifying their unwillingness to work with the president to find compromise.
Trump hosted a lunch with conservative lawmakers, including House Freedom Caucus chiefs Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of OH, and several senators, among them Lindsey Graham of SC.
More than 400,000 federal employees are reporting to their jobs on Monday but won't get their salaries, while almost 400,000 others "will be locked out of work with no pay", the American Federation of Government Employees union said.
Last week he said he would be "proud" to close down the government, and last Friday said he was "totally prepared for a very long" closure.
It would have extended government funding until February 8, but contained no money for a border wall, a pet project Trump has fought for since his presidential campaign.
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".
Trump chimed in from the White House, where he has been cooped up since the shutdown began early Saturday.
Mulvaney's hint at Trump's responsibility for the government shutdown was explicitly stated by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. "President Trump is going to get more money for the border", Graham said. It's a spectacle. And, candidly, it's juvenile. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, who represent Maryland, where many DC-area federal employees live. After previous shutdowns, Congress also has passed legislation to retroactively pay furloughed workers.
Although Democrats have been known to be opposed to strict border security, Schumer claimed that was not the truth.
Schumer has been an outspoken critic of the border wall and says he will not change his strategy due to the recent government shutdown.
"But while trying to pin the blame on Democrats, Mulvaney, speaking on Fox News Sunday" acknowledged that Trump's hardline stand played a role.