White House says 'very possible' shutdown stretches into 2019

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And, as television news continued to focus on the extraordinary resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who also quit in protest of Trump's Syria pullout, Trump sought to reassert his worldview that allies are taking unfair advantage of the US and its taxpayers.

Outside the White House, Washington's National Christmas Tree became a forlorn symbol of the dysfunction when the National Park Service - one of the government bodies hit by the funding shutdown - briefly turned off the lights.

With lawmakers like Meadows and prominent conservative commentators demanding that the president stick to his campaign promises, Trump would not budge on his wall.

Over and again, Trump has shown himself to be more of a tactical, than strategic, thinker, acting to avoid short-term pain rather than seeking long-term gain.

He also insisted that the fault for the shutdown rests with Democrats for not accepting a recent White House proposal for border wall funding that falls far below the $5 billion price tag he originally requested. Both the House and Senate have adjourned until later in the week.

In a separate interview for Fox News, he said he was waiting to hear from Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer about a new Republican offer, without specifying the sum.

Domestic issues are just part of the far from merry Christmas picture, with Trump also juggling a trade war with China and fallout from his abrupt decision to pull United States troops from Afghanistan and Syria. No Republican leaders or any Democrats, all needed for any deal, attended the meal.

The White House, meanwhile, said Trump was meeting Monday afternoon with DHS Secretary Kristjen Nielsen and other department officials "to discuss border security".

"I told the president, I'm not arguing with your general philosophy", Graham said. "He's a good listener".

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By digging in on his threat to shut down the government over his border wall, and by bringing troops home, Trump is sticking to his "America First" doctrine and feeding his 2020 re-election mantra of "promises made, promises kept".

It's unclear if Trump was listening.

Last week, the central bank hiked rates, infuriating Trump, who has ignored a traditional respect for the Fed's independence, calling it "crazy", "out of control" and a greater economic threat than China. Compounding the questions over Trump's judgment, the president announced Sunday that he would remove Mattis from office two months early, replacing him with Patrick M. Shanahan, a former executive at Boeing.

Mulvaney sought to shift blame for the partial shutdown to Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic nominee for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, saying she might hold up negotiations to ensure she secures the position. They are more educated, somewhat more likely to be women, and more likely to live in suburbs.

Kolfage's viral campaign has also caught the attention of reporters and late night talk show hosts who have tried to disparage his campaign. Richard Shelby of Alabama, the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, who was the only member of the GOP leadership to attend.

"They don't have a feel for the Market, they don't understand necessary Trade Wars or Strong Dollars or even Democrat Shutdowns over Borders".

But a number of those details remain shrouded - including exact locations of fencing.

There is a remote possibility that a deal could come together sooner, and in the unlikely event a deal is reached by Monday, the pro forma session could be used to pass it by unanimous consent or voice vote, something that would only require one senator to be in attendance.

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