30 December, 2018
President Donald Trump may have been too busy watching Fox News to contact Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in order to try to end a government shutdown, one Democratic senator quipped Saturday.
And in another sign the coming talks with Pelosi will be as much about his political future than anything else, he used another tweet to warn another migrant caravan is forming in Central America and to again threaten to cut off US aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
Mulvaney said Democrats are no longer negotiating with the administration over an earlier offer to accept less than the $5 billion Trump wants for the wall.
He said it's futile, because no matter how high it is, Trump is not accounting for how far below ground it needs to go.
Both chambers of Congress convened for just a few minutes on Thursday, before adjourning until next week.
Trump, who scrapped plans to spend Christmas in his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and stayed in Washington due to the shutdown, had now also canceled his New Year's plans, Mulvaney said.
But the president's Friday morning tweets contained a veiled message to the incoming speaker with whom he is set to do battle until Election Day in 2020: "Either we build (finish) the Wall or we close the Border".
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Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Friday that Nancy Pelosi's not-quite-locked-up bid to become House speaker has stalled negotiations to end the government shutdown.
The shutdown is idling hundreds of thousands of federal workers and beginning to pinch citizens who count on some public services.
"I do not see progress being made that would indicate Ms Pelosi is going to compromise before Jan 3", Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a close Trump ally, said in a text message to The Washington Post.
Democrats and some Republicans view the wall as a costly, unneeded and ineffective project, but some Republicans support the idea and back Trump's demand for $5bn in partial funding. "She can not be seen by her party as being weak on negotiating with Donald Trump".
The president's comments are in line with his administration's prior statements denying any culpability for children who die in US custody.
If he doesn't secure enough votes to fund the wall, one of his major 2016 campaign promises, Trump also threatened to cut off aid to countries fled by asylum seekers, tweeting, "Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are doing nothing for the United States but taking our money". It was also not guaranteed that Trump would settle for that amount. But that alone won't solve the shutdown, absent Senate approval and Trump's signature. Schumer told Pence last weekend that Democrats won't consider any offer without a public endorsement by Trump because the president has changed his position so often, Goodman said.
"We are always seeking a good relationship with the United States".
In Mexico, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sidestepped Trump's threat, telling journalists: "We don't want to be imprudent and we don't think we should get into this".