White House: Trump would accept less money for border wall

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25 December, 2018

Schumer said the "Trump shutdown" could end immediately if the president abandons the wall. Not so this time.

Trump sees this round of negotiations as his best, and possibly last, to exact wall funding from Congress, as Democrats are set to take over the House in January after big wins in the Midterm elections.

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said today that it was "very possible" the partial government shutdown will last into the new session of Congress.

Mulvaney's hint at Trump's responsibility for the government shutdown was explicitly stated by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

People walk up the steps even though the National Archives is closed with the partial government shutdown Saturday in Washington.

About three-quarters of the government, including the military, is fully funded through September 2019 but the shutdown forced several other major agencies to cease operations from Saturday.

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"This is what Washington looks like when you have a president who refuses to sort of go along to get along", Mulvaney said.

"Everyone knew yesterday, long before the House vote, that the president's wall lacked 60 votes in the Senate".

"We saw some folks are raising money for a border wall to keep out our migrant siblings and fellow human beings, who are fleeing violence and persecution and whose tragically-underpaid labor is essential to the USA economy", the admins wrote on the page bio. But both sides have staked out firm positions.

Graham reminded Trump that while shoring up the border wall is important, "a Southern wall isn't going to protect you against ISIS".

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Schumer has been an outspoken critic of the border wall and says he will not change his strategy due to the recent government shutdown.

The border wall, his unpopular decision to withdraw troops from Syria and why the Federal Reserve is like a powerful golfer who can't putt were all addressed in ten tweets sent within three hours on Monday morning.

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

"The Democrats easily would support more border funding, border security, they´ve said that" if a broader deal could be reached, Republican Senator Bob Corker said on CNN.

The President wants a whopping $5billion (£3.95bn) to help fund it, but the Democratic opposition has only offered $1.3 billion (£1bn).

Mulvaney withheld specifics but placed the offer between Trump's $5.7 billion request and $1.3 billion offered by Democrats.

Although Democrats have been known to be opposed to strict border security, Schumer claimed that was not the truth.

Senior administration officials put the onus on Senate Democrats to put forth options that include US$5 billion for Trump's promised border wall, saying it was a must for any deal.

Any ultimate deal will likely depend on what defines "the wall". Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

But another visitor, Howard Vander Griend of Tennessee, predicted Trump will come out a victor: "I think he will get what he wants and I think that´s a good thing".

"In the Democrats' mind, that is not a wall".


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