Trump threatens to close border if Dems won’t pay for wall

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Trejo was not shy about expressing his feelings toward Trump's plan after he was asked his thoughts on the President's demand for border wall funding and the government shutdown.

In a series of tweets, Trump said he would close the border "entirely" if Democrats "do not give us the money to finish the Wall (sic) and also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country (sic) is saddled with".

Democrats will take over the House majority on Thursday, when they're expected to propose legislation that would end the partial government shutdown without funding the border wall.

Negotiations on lifting that partial government shutdown, perhaps by providing some border security funding, have sputtered out and no new debate is scheduled before next Wednesday.

The shutdown is forcing hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contractors to stay home or work without pay, and many are experiencing mounting stress from the impasse.

The House on December 21 approved a spending bill that included $5.7 billion for border wall construction.

The shutdown is now likely to last into the new year when Democrats will retake control of the House of Representatives. "So we fully expect that until she is elected speaker and has locked that vote up, we don't expect to hear from the Democrats again", Mulvaney continued. "No", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said earlier this month. In an interview with USA Today before Christmas, Pelosi accused Trump of using "scare tactics" to build support for the border wall.

Cooped up in the White House after canceling his planned vacation to his private Florida club, Trump tweeted Saturday that he's "in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a deal on Border Security".

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Hammill said 'given that the President has changed his position so many times, we would not consider any offers from the White House that the President has not publicly endorsed. She said Democrats "will govern responsibly in stark contrast to this chaotic White House".

"If they can't do it before January 3, then we will do it", said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., incoming chairman of the Rules Committee.

"Huh?!" replied one senior Democratic aide in an email a few minutes after the call with the White House official.

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, responded to the president's tweets via a prepared statement and did not address the threat to cut off aid to Central American countries.

In a reprise of his threat before the midterm elections to cut off aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador as a caravan of migrants was making its way toward the United States, Trump said that those three countries "are doing nothing for the United States but taking our money".

Attempting to ratchet up the pressure on Democrats Saturday, Trump apportioned blame for the recent deaths of two migrant children while in the custody of U.S. Border Patrol.

"We are not giving up on that - it's why the government is closed, ' Mulvaney said".

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Saturday was in Yuma, Arizona, on the second day of a trip to witness border operations firsthand after she last week said the US will take "extraordinary" protective measures to deal with a surge of immigrant children in custody.

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