EPA, museums to close as shutdown slogs into 2nd weekend

President Trump threatens to close border with Mexico as standoff over wall continues

President Trump threatens to close border with Mexico as standoff over wall continues

Though Obama's tweet had nothing to do with Trump's wall, and 45 has even criticized Obama's brisk deportation rate when questioned about his administration's immigrant detention camps, the current USA president feels pressure to make right on controlling the narrative in regard to his major campaign promise - especially in anticipation of a second presidential run in 2020. The anchor pointed to new job postings from Democrats seeking staff from investigators to lawyers who may be tasked with looking into the president as part of a Congressional inquiry.

The president then reiterated his threat to close the border if wall funding isn't secured, and added that his administration would also cut off foreign aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador for taking money from the USA while not preventing its citizens from migrating to America in caravans.

Pelosi mocked Trump's evolving statements on what the wall would look like or be called in an interview this week in USA Today. Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled House rejected that measure and passed a spending bill on Thursday that also kept the government open until February 8, 2019, and included more than $5 billion for border security. He tweeted Thursday evening that Democrats may be able to block him now, "but we have the issue, Border Security". Where is Nancy Pelosi?

The White House official said the president wants to close loopholes and expedite the asylum process by increasing the number of immigration judges.

Mulvaney said Trump, who scrapped plans to spend Christmas in his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and stayed in Washington because of the shutdown, had now also cancelled his New Year's plans.

The White House said the Democrats were provided with a proposal, but haven't responded.

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Then, members of the Democrat-run House and the Republican-led Senate will have to get to work on figuring out how to fund the remaining portions of the federal government that weren't covered by those bills.

On Thursday, the Senate was in session for only four minutes after lawmakers didn't show up.

Trump had said during his campaign that Mexico would pay for his promised wall, but Mexico refuses to do so. In retaliation, Trump refused last week to sign a wider spending bill, temporarily stripping funding from swaths of the government. 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 those countries.

He has repeatedly threatened to cut off US aid to countries that he deems have not done enough to combat illegal immigration, but thus far he's failed to follow through.

"Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve!" The White House would have to notify Congress if it wanted to cut or reallocate aid, which could delay or complicate the process.

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