Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump widens demands in wall standoff, threatens Mexico border closure

Trump widens demands in wall standoff, threatens Mexico border closure

"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.

United States President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to close the southern border with Mexico "entirely" if Democrats did not agree to his demand for funds to build a wall.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Thursday, more Americans now blame Donald Trump than congressional Democrats for the partial us government shutdown with no end in sight.

Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he hoped to end the shutdown by offering Democrats incentives to get them to vote for wall funding. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on December 24 the administration wasn't clear in negotiations on what it would be willing to accept. "He talked about people bringing in diseases and all the rest of that, which wasn't so", Pelosi said.

"I've had members come to me saying they are returning holiday and Christmas presents they bought because they are anxious about paying rent", National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon said in an interview Thursday.

Drew Hammill, spokesman for Pelosi said Democrats will not fund Trump's "immoral, ineffective and expensive wall".

However, most of the people living in the USA illegally do so by simply overstaying legally obtained visas, the Center for Migration studies reported previous year.

His comments, the first to reference the children's deaths, came the same day Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was finishing a two-day visit to the southern USA border, where she said in a statement, "The system is clearly overwhelmed and we must work together to address this humanitarian crisis". In an interview with USA Today before Christmas, Pelosi accused Trump of using "scare tactics" to build support for the border wall.

The Republican Party controls the White House, as well as both chambers of Congress.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is so outraged about the shutdown that she is now defiantly relaxing at a sun-soaked Hawaiian resort.

Conway discussed Trump's comments on State of the Union Sunday, saying the United States "simply can not absorb" groups of migrants attempting to enter the country as families or unaccompanied minors, noting that "very tragically, it does results in some deaths".

"The president still says "wall" - oftentimes frankly he'll say "barrier" or 'fencing, ' now he's tended toward steel slats", Kelly said. "But only saying "wall or no wall" is being very disingenuous and turning a complete blind eye to what is a crisis at the border".

President Donald Trump announced earlier this month that Kelly would be leaving his role by the end of the year. The inaction would extend the shutdown into the New Year and into the hands of the new Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

The president has rejected the advice of Republican pollsters and strategists to declare that he holds a winning hand, predicting in a series of tweets that even losing the clash over border construction will lead him to re-election, all while threatening to "close" the border if Democrats do not blink on his $5 billion request for a new wall.

Additionally, Pelosi's office has continued to release statements pinning blame for the shutdown on Trump's shoulders.

Meanwhile, the effects to the public of the impasse grew as the Environmental Protection Agency, which had the money to function a week longer than some agencies, implemented its shutdown plan at midnight Friday night.

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