John Kelly breaks with Trump: 'To be honest, it's not a wall'

Trump wants $5 billion as a down payment on the barrier that could cost more than $20 billion, but Democrats have only agreed to $1.6 billion to improve border security, but no wall money.

Slightly less implausible: Shelby floated a compromise in which Trump's $5 billion would be split into $2.5 billion for each of two years. He's signaled he's in no rush to give up on a signature campaign issue as he launches his own re-election bid in 2020.

"Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally".

Democrats formally take control of the House from Trump's fellow Republicans on Thursday after winning a majority of seats in November's mid-term congressional elections. This is according to an aide who was not authorized to discuss the plan publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

"There's not a single Democrat talking to the president of the United States about this deal", Mulvaney said Friday.

After canceling a vacation to his private Florida club, Mr Trump spent the weekend at the White House. It found that veterans overall approved of Trump's job performance, but women, the fastest growing demographic group in the military, defied that trend with a majority disapproving of him. Chuck Schumer did not immediately reject the offer the White House made last Saturday night, which included more than $1.3 billion but less than the $5 billion Trump initially wanted.

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Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation" that the House votes "would be probably an empty gesture".

He said the hardline approach to illegal immigration that had seen children separated from their parents at the border was the brainchild of ex-attorney-general Jeff Sessions, who "surprised us" by announcing the move. Shelby said. "It's not a question of who wins or loses". Thus, President Trump may well feel emboldened to risk a lengthy shutdown in the hopes that voters will continue to not view a shutdown as catastrophically as the media. They show no signs of bending, either. This means the shutdown will likely be in effect when the new democratic-controlled House takes over on January 3. The government has been closed for 10 days.

The plan is to pass two separate bills, one reopening eight departments - which have been closed since December 22 - through September 2019 and another temporarily reopening the Department of Homeland Security through February 8, two House Democratic aides said Monday. The others would also keep border funds at current levels, without wall money, but for the remainder of the fiscal year, though September 30. But during a call this week, Schumer informed the White House that they do not expect to accept or counteroffer the White House's proposal, a second official added. Trump continued to press Democrats to "give us the votes necessary for border security" in a series of tweets on New Year's Eve.

Democrats are clearly not heeding Shelby's advice.

To end the government shutdown, Trump could agree to sign some version of a spending bill passed before the Christmas holiday by the Republicans in the Senate. "They have known, and they do know, that if they can get here, they can, generally speaking, stay".

"Our goal is to make sure we move on our promises", she said, noting that the public has "tremendous influence on what happens" in Washington. The next day the 116 Congress will be sworn in. "I can't even go get a beer", he joked.

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