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

Trump blames Dems for shutdown

Since arriving back at the White House early Thursday from a surprise trip to Iraq, Trump has had no public events, and aides offered few details about his schedule, other than saying the president was working and making phone calls.

Mr Trump is struggling to get the funding needed to start building the wall. Most of the federal government, which directly employs nearly 4 million people, is unaffected. The government shut down on December 22. The father of the young girl said it was not their fault, he hadn't given her water in days. "No thanks to the Democrats who left town and are not concerned about the safety and security of Americans!" he wrote, referencing Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer.

'Nancy Pelosi needs to comeback from Hawaii, less hula more moola, ' she said. The White House has dropped its request further to $2.5 billion, but Democrats are holding the line against funding the wall. There's little indication of any imminent agreement to resolve the standoff before the new Congress convenes on January 3.Trump is demanding $5 billion for the wall, while Democratic leaders proposed $1.3 billion for border security.

"I think the President's eventually going to win his court case regarding DACA and the President has put on the table several times relief for the DACA population".

But on Sunday White House counselor Kellyanne Conway called discussion of the apparent contradiction "a silly semantic argument". "So we fully expect that until she is elected speaker and has locked that vote up, we don't expect to hear from the Democrats again". "Hard to believe there was a Congress [and] President who would approve!"

In August 2015 during his presidential campaign, Mr Trump had made his expectations for the border explicitly clear, as he parried criticism from then-rival Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor. He has announced no plans to leave Washington to highlight his push for more wall funding.

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Kelly has clashed with Trump over the nature of the wall before. His comments on Twitter came as his Homeland Security secretary met with medical professionals and ordered policy changes meant to better protect children detained at the border. One of the children, Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 8, died on Christmas Eve. "We will be cutting off all aid to these 3 countries - taking advantage of United States for years!"

Trump, who campaigned on building a "big, attractive wall" that Mexico will pay for, has recently backed off his desire for a concrete barrier, instead signaling he would be willing to opt for "steel slats".

Yet the warnings were inconsistent with his administration's stance.

In comments that are likely to irritate his boss, Kelly said the way to halt illegal immigration was to "stop United States demand for drugs, and expand economic opportunity" in Central America.

Conway sought to put the blame on Democrats, calling the president's demand a "modest investment" in border security.

Though Trump omitted details about what his version of shutting down the border would look like and whether he would be willing to go as far as closing ports of entry, such as worldwide bridges in Progreso, Pharr, Hidalgo, Mission and Donna, a Washington Post analysis of a border closure found there's "very little he can do to shut down the border that would stand up legally". "Go down to the border and let the courageous men and women on the front lines personally tell the American people and Congress how effective border barriers are".

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