White House chief: Trump not building a 'wall'

The US government began a Christmastime shutdown early on December 22 after Congress adjourned without passing a federal spen

If the partial government shutdown continues without a congressional deal to fund the wall, President Trump says, he'll be forced to shut down the border entirely.

"The president still says "wall" - oftentimes frankly he'll say "barrier" or 'fencing, ' now he's tended toward steel slats", Kelly said.

"For those that naively ask why didn't the Republicans get approval to build the Wall over the a year ago, it is because IN THE SENATE WE NEED 10 DEMOCRAT VOTES, and they will gives us "NONE" for Border Security!", he tweeted.

With time dwindling before a new Congress is sworn in, Donald Trump has not budged in his demand for billions in funding for a border wall, narrowing prospects for a government shutdown to end immediately when the legislature reconvenes.

In his interview, Kelly was surprisingly critical of President Donald Trump's signature anti-illegal immigration effort, the border wall - an issue now at the forefront of national politics, and the crux of Trump's current budget stalemate with Congress.

Trump visited San Diego in March to review border wall prototypes commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security, but he has not visited a Border Patrol station or US port of entry.

The Republican leader's warning came as a partial federal government shutdown was set to drag on into next week, with legislators in Washington failing to reach a compromise over Trump's insistence on funding the border barrier.

Incoming acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Trump was is threatening to shut down the border because "it's the only way we can get the Democrats' attention", reported ABC News.

"Democrats are not going to give us any money for a wall, border security, without getting something themselves", Graham said.

Trump then put a spotlight on the three Central American nations that have been the largest source of illegal immigration to the U.S.in recent years, including the migrant caravans highly covered by the media in recent months.

"You're talking about cutting off your arm", Avila said.

On Saturday, the president took to Twitter to blast Democrats for "spending so much time on Presidential Harassment" as the shutdown enters its second week with no steps taken to end the stalemate. The president left the White House on Christmas to travel to Iraq and meet with American troops stationed overseas. In television interviews on Friday, Trump aides said Democrats have refused to negotiate over the matter.

Trump is demanding billions for a border wall between the USA and Mexico, which Democrats have refused to provide.

Trump appeared no closer to securing money for his signature border wall, which he vowed during the campaign that he would make Mexico pay for.

Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill added that Democrats are united against the wall and won't seriously consider any White House offer unless Trump backs it publicly because he "has changed his position so many times".

Though some shifted the blame not to Democrats or Graham, but on the USA president.

A White House official said Democratic Sen.

Though Pelosi is in Hawaii, her office has continued to release press statements over the shutdown.

In Mexico, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sidestepped Trump's threat, telling journalists: "We don't want to be imprudent and we don't think we should get into this".

One bipartisan proposal is to provide $5.7 billion in funding for the border wall, as well as a congressional reauthorization of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for those brought to the US illegally as children, along with some other immigration provisions.

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