Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Trump says little progress as govt shutdown in third week

Trump says little progress as govt shutdown in third week

Responding to a question, Trump said the opposition Democrats did not like the option of a concrete wall along the Mexico border, so he has offered them with a steel one.

Trump is demanding over 5 billion US dollars in border security to deliver his signature campaign promise to build the border wall, whose construction and funding have been strongly rejected by Democrats.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump's acting chief of staff, told NBC's "Meet the Press" program that agreeing to a steel separation would allow Democrats to stick to their refusal to fund a wall. "I can't say that we're close (to a solution)", he told CBS, "because the president's made it clear he doesn't care". The midterm elections revealed a deeply divided Republican Party and saw major Democratic gains in states that Trump will need to win re-election in 2020.

Mr Trump said in December he would be "proud" to shut the government down over the wall and last week told politicians it could last months.

With no breakthrough in sight to end the partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump is planning to give a prime-time televised address on Tuesday and visit the U.S. -Mexico border on Thursday to highlight his demands for a border wall. However, in a statement posted on Twitter earlier on Monday, the president said he would prefer reaching a funding deal with Congress. They "don't like concrete, so we'll give them steel, " he has said.

However, the interviewer immediately called her out, citing the government's own information that none of those individuals arrived across the southern border. "And it's been that way for decades, and we can't have it anymore", Trump said. "The crisis is getting worse", she said. But after Democrats took control of the House in the midterm elections, the president's leverage ebbed. Pence said that Democrats have flat refused to negotiate on securing the US southern border until the government is reopened.

In his remarks the president touted how great USA steel companies were doing under his administration.

"Trump says "the Mexicans will pay for this wall.' I don't see that", he said.

Pressed about the terrorism claims during an impromptu Rose Garden news conference last week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pointed to another statistic: that more than 3,000 "special interest aliens" have tried to enter the United States through the southern border, suggesting those individuals "have travel patterns that are identified as terrorist travel patterns or they have known or suspected ties to terrorism".

A US Border Patrol agent works on the beach preventing migrants from entering San Diego, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico. We need something to prevent people from coming into this country illegally, ' Mulvaney said. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the majority leader, has held fast to his pledge that he would not put any legislation on the floor that the president would not approve.

A Trump administration official says income tax refunds for 2018 will go out on time during the partial government shutdown because rules will be changed to make funding available to pay them.

With the Senate refusing to act on funding measures approved last week by the Democratic House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced this weekend that Democrats would keep passing bills to fund those agencies which are under a shutdown, looking to increase pressure on GOP lawmakers in both the House and Senate.

In a letter to congressional leaders on Sunday detailing its funding demands, the Trump administration included a request for an additional US$800 million to address urgent humanitarian needs at the southern border.

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