In a series of tweets, President Trump announced that his administration could be forced to seal America's U.S. -Mexico border if "obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the wall and also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our country is saddled with". Or, more concretely, he would refuse to fund the federal government until congressional Democrats agreed to appropriate upwards of $5 billion for his border wall (even though the Republican Senate had already signaled that it was willing to fund the government without such an appropriation, and Democrats would only need to wait a matter of days before they assumed control of the House).
Congress adjourned for the week without a resolution in sight. It also is beginning to pinch citizens who count on public services.
"I think the president lives in this delusional world fed by Fox News and a couple of right-wing talking heads and does not connect actions with consequences", Mr. Connelly, a Virginia Democrat who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on CNN.
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney claimed there was a split between Sen.
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The House and the Senate convened for just minutes on Thursday before gaveling closed until next week.
Mulvaney called on Democrats to come back to the negotiating table to see if a deal can be reached at a number between their $1.3 billion offer and Trump's $5 billion demand.
The Republican president also reiterated threats to cut off all USA aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, which he said were not doing anything to stop the flow of migrants toward the United States. The official noted that the Democratic lawmakers appear more concerned with preserving Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's likely speakership than end a partial government shutdown.
Sanders noted that the left used to care about border security, adding, its a sad day when the White House can't even get them to show up to work.
Democrats brushed off the White House's attempt to cast blame.
As he did Thursday, Trump remained out of public view on Friday. Experts have warned that cutting off aid money to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras could actually exacerbate the problem by worsening the poverty and violence that push many migrants to leave.