Trump threatens to shutdown United States border with Mexico

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President Trump, meanwhile, canceled a planned trip to Florida to remain at the White House over Christmas. "I will take the mantle of shutting down, and I'm going to shut it down for border security". He instead pushed back on threats directed at the border.

House Democrats are considering one strategy that may temporarily reopen the government until February 8th. They did not even counter us.

Congressional leaders have stayed mostly silent in recent days.

". One of the reasons why it's so difficult to keep people from coming - obviously it'd be preferable for them to stay in their own homeland, but it's difficult to do sometimes, where they live - is a insane, oftentimes conflicting series of loopholes in the law in the United States that makes it extremely hard to turn people around and send them home".

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is spending the holidays vacationing in Hawaii, as a partial government shutdown grinds on with no resolution in sight.

Democrats maintain that they have already presented the White House with three options to end the shutdown, none of which fund the wall, and insist that it's Trump's move.

It marked the starkest admission yet by the president's inner circle that his signature campaign pledge, which sparked fervent chants of "build that wall" during Mr Trump's rallies and is now at the center of a budgetary standoff, would not be fulfilled as advertised.

"Go back to pre-NAFTA, before so many of our companies and jobs were so foolishly sent to Mexico", he said.

The president has also nixed his plans for New Year's due to his own decision to shut the government.

In the midst of a government shutdown caused by a budget battle over border security funding, President Donald Trump is telling officials and lawmakers he won't sign a bill that comes to his desk with only $1.3 billion allotted for border security, according to sources involved in the negotiations.

"We're here, and they know where to find us", White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said in an interview with Fox News Channel.

Since then, he has sought to blame Democrats, though he has spent little time during the past week trying to win over public sentiment.

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Trump spoke about the wall funding fight during his visit to US troops in Iraq on Wednesday, but he has not made a public statement about it since he returned, other than on Twitter.

Pelosi's spokesman, Drew Hammill, said in a statement on Friday that Democrats "are united against the President's immoral, ineffective and expensive wall - the wall that he specifically promised that Mexico would pay for".

Prior to the deaths, no child had died in Customs and Border Patrol custody for more than a decade, according to CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan.

Trump has latched particularly on to what have become known as the "caravans" - groups of several hundred or even more migrants who make epic treks across Central America and Mexico to try to reach the United States.

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 U.S. demand for drugs, and expand economic opportunity" in Central America.

He said he would discuss the proposal with Trump Sunday over lunch at the White House, though it was unclear if the president or Democrats were open to such an approach.

"Could the White House have handled this better?"

For one Republican Congress member, Brad Wenstrup, the paralysis over the wall reflected "a lot of political posturing".

"This shutdown was completely preventable".

Talks have been at a stalemate for more than a week, after Democrats said the White House offered to accept $2.5 billion for border security last Saturday.

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