Christmas stalemate in Washington over border wall, shutdown

Unlike shutdowns of the past Congress and the White House aren't racing to reopen the

The fight between Democrats and Trump is over US$5 billion for wall construction on the US-Mexico border, a relatively small amount by Washington standards.

In a joint statement Monday, the Democratic leaders, Sen.

Trump was presumably referring to his adult children; his wife, Melania Trump, returned to the White House on Monday to spend the holiday with her husband.

US border apprehensions hit a decade-long high in 2007 and fell every year until 2011, when they started to fluctuate from one year to the next.

Trump claimed that many of these workers "have said to me and communicated, 'stay out until you get the funding for the wall.' These federal workers want the wall".

It was unclear from the context what Trump meant by "Shutdown money" - shutdowns cost the federal government money, not save it - and White House officials did not respond to HuffPost queries on the matter.

On Sunday, a top Trump aide said the shutdown could continue to January 3, when the new Congress convenes, with Democrats taking majority control in the House.

But Democrats aren't the only ones resisting Trump on the wall.

Trump chimed in from the White House, where he has relentlessly tweeted on a variety of issues while being cooped up in the mansion since Saturday, when the shutdown began.

In another tweet the markets noticed, the President suggested the Federal Reserve can not putt, using his own version of the golf saying that one "drives for show but putts for dough".

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Trump tweeted more than 10 times on Monday to lash out at opponents of the wall project and to renew his verbal assaults on the Federal Reserve, which he blames for growing jitters over the U.S. economy. And in addition to that, and I think very, very importantly, we've built a lot of new wall.

Mulvaney said Trump was "willing to discuss a larger immigration solution", but he seemed cool to the possibility of offering citizenship to the "Dreamers", saying it was not a popular idea among many Republicans.

Meanwhile, Senate negotiators are continuing talks behind the scenes with Democrats and Republicans. He had said he wouldn't blame Democrats for a shutdown but now blames them for not contributing to the 60 votes needed for such legislation to clear the closely divided Senate.

President Donald Trump marked Christmas by again lobbying for a wall at the southern border, underscoring his unwillingness to acquiesce to Democrats over money to pay for border security. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, said as long as President Trump keeps listening to the Freedom Caucus and others on the right flank, there is no easy resolution to the impasse.

"There may be the case of an Olympic champion who can get over the wall, but for the most part, you are not able to do it", he said.

Any ultimate deal will likely depend on what defines "the wall".

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday marked Christmas with a renewed attack on the central bank over plunging stocks, as he aired a catalog of grievances in a downbeat gathering at the Oval Office.

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

"I'll call it whatever they want but it's all the same thing", he said at the White House after offering holiday greetings to US troops stationed around the country and the world.

Some Democrats still aren't on board.

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