For Trump, Pelosi shutdown becomes first battle of new era


Outgoing White House chief John Kelly said he had "nothing but compassion" for undocumented migrants crossing into the United States and undercut the idea of a border wall in an interview Sunday that jarred with President Donald Trump's tough rhetoric on immigration.

"I am in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a deal on Border Security", he posted to social media early Monday morning.

"I told the president the last thing in my view that you need in the chief of staff is someone that looks at every issue through a political lens", Kelly said.

"There may be a wall in some places, there may be steel slats, there may be technological enhancements", Conway said.

Both in the House and Senate Democrats appeared defiant and have said they will not back down from their rejection of a border wall.

He has also repeatedly threatened to cut off US aid to countries he deems insufficient partners in combating illegal immigration, but has thus far failed to follow through with those threats.

Neither did Trump make any mention of the new free trade agreement, known as the USMCA, which he only recently signed with the two neighbouring countries to replace NAFTA and which he has repeatedly praised as a huge boost for American commerce.

Acting Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, suggested to reporters that Democratic Senators would be more likely to "cut a deal" with Trump, but they were not doing so in order to "protect" Pelosi.

President Donald Trump taunted the Democrats on Monday over their refusal to meet his demand for funding of a US-Mexican border wall - a dispute which has sparked a partial government shutdown. Graham said it would involve tying wall funding to the BRIDGE Act, which he and Illinois Democratic Sen.

Democrats, set this week to take control of the House from Mr Trump's fellow Republicans, also will also offer legislation to provide year-long funding for other agencies and departments that have been closed by a partial government shutdown that began on 22 December, the aide said.

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That theory will be put the test this week when the new House majority led by Pelosi gavels into session with legislation to end the government shutdown.

As always, Trump is inclined to believe that he's winning whenever he's dominating discourse with his opinions and behavior, however odd and reprehensible they may seem. The president continued to insist Monday he wants to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, despite assertions otherwise of three confidants.

The president has been demanding $5 billion in funding allocated for the construction of a "wall".

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. "I have nothing but compassion for them, the young kids", Kelly told the LA Times adding that many had been manipulated by traffickers.

Congress is scheduled to reconvene Thursday, at which point Democrats will take over control of the House.

"Now we have to do it the hard way, with a Shutdown".

Amidst the government shutdown over border security funding, Trump took to Twitter Saturday to accuse Democrats as being culpable in the death of two migrant children who have died in USA custody.

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.

As president, however, Trump has sought USA taxpayer funding, but Congress has balked, leading to the ongoing shutdown of a quarter of US government operations, furloughing 800,000 government workers and forcing another 420,000 to work without pay.