White House Targets Pelosi Even After Trump's 'Proud' Shutdown Vow

White House Targets Pelosi Even After Trump's 'Proud' Shutdown Vow

White House Targets Pelosi Even After Trump's 'Proud' Shutdown Vow

President Donald Trump threatened to close the USA southern border if Congress does not agree to provide $5 billion in taxpayer funds for his promised wall along the border with Mexico.

For example, the government says it won't issue new federal flood insurance policies or renew expiring ones until the budget for them is restored.

"Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve!" he said.

In a burst of early morning tweets, the president said the alternative to funding his controversial wall project would be total separation from Mexico, including making U.S. auto companies pull out their factories based on the other side of the frontier.

President Donald Trump has canceled his New Year's plans in order to remain in Washington until a deal over border wall funds is reached and the partial government shutdown ends, according to the President's incoming acting chief of staff. "He's staying in Washington, DC, over New Year's".

"We put the last offer on the table", he added. Democrats said the White House offered $2.5 billion for border security, but that Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told Vice President Mike Pence it wasn't acceptable.

Pelosi has vowed to pass legislation as soon as she takes the gavel, which is expected when the new Congress convenes, to reopen the nine shuttered departments and dozens of agencies now hit by the partial shutdown. "We're going to do the responsible thing". "Listen, it's the only way we can get the Democrats' attention". "We're going to behave like adults and do our job".

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"We sat down with (Chuck) Schumer and gave him a number below five".

Mulvaney said the President is "very heavily engaged on (the shutdown negotiations) on a minute-by-minute basis".

White House aides ignored several requests for comment about any talks Thursday ahead of what turned out to be short House and Senate sessions.

Trump has latched particularly on to what have become known as the "caravans" - groups of several hundred or even more migrants who walk on epic treks across Central America and Mexico to try and reach the United States. It was unclear how Trump's threat to close the border would affect his efforts to ratify an amended North American free trade pact.

He also slammed past presidents and Congresses, claiming that the nation's current immigration laws were a joke.

And in another sign the coming talks with Pelosi will be as much about his political future than anything else, he used another tweet to warn another migrant caravan is forming in Central America and to again threaten to cut off US aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

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