White House says shutdown ball is in Dem's court

Americans blame Trump for govt shutdown than democrats

Americans blame Trump for govt shutdown than democrats

"To be honest, it's not a wall", Kelly told the Los Angeles Times in a wide-ranging interview. "The president still says "wall" - oftentimes frankly he'll say 'barrier" or 'fencing, ' now he's tended toward steel slats.

The shutdown was triggered by the USA president's demand for $5 billion to help pay for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

The threat yet again upped the ante in a political row that has led to a partial shutdown of the United States government and seems set to dominate the start to the third year of Trump's presidency.

"The shutdown is a crisis of the president's own making", U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, said in a tweet. "He talked about terrorists coming in over that particular border, which wasn't so". "It's not a fence, Jeb, it's a WALL, and there's a BIG difference!"

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway echoed Kelly's comments later Sunday, calling outcry over the wall "a silly semantic argument".

At present, however, the two sides remain far apart, Mr Schumer's office said.

Kelly, who was Trump's chief of staff when the House Republicans lost their majority in the midterm elections this year, said he had made clear to the president that the "last thing" he needed was a political aide in that job. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told Vice President Mike Pence that it wasn't acceptable, nor was it guaranteed that Trump, under intense pressure from his conservative base to fulfill his signature campaign promise, would settle for that amount.

Democrats have offered support for $1.3 billion in funding for general border security, but have long opposed the building of a wall. "Meanwhile, the president tweets blaming everyone but himself for a shutdown he called for more than 25 times".

Trump is firing off Twitter taunts, after canceling his planned Florida vacation over the impasse. "So we fully expect that until she is elected speaker and has locked that vote up, we don't expect to hear from the Democrats again", Mulvaney continued. On Thursday, however, a new Congress, with a Democrat-controlled House, will be seated.

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"They said, 'Well we need a physical barrier in certain places, we need technology across the board, and we need more people, '" Kelly told the Times. Media silent. Trump spends government shutdown visiting the troops in Iraq.

He was set to have lunch Sunday with Republican South Carolina Sen.

In comments that are likely to irritate his boss, Kelly said the way to halt illegal immigration was to "stop USA demand for drugs, and expand economic opportunity" in Central America.

Rejecting next week's spending measure from House Democrats would put a Republican stamp on the shutdown.

Other Democrats brushed off the White House's attempt to cast blame. In addition, immigrant advocates have called any move to seal the border "disgraceful".

His comments, the first to reference the children's deaths, came the same day Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was finishing a two-day visit to the southern USA border, where she said in a statement, "The system is clearly overwhelmed and we must work together to address this humanitarian crisis".

He added: "If we had a Wall, they wouldn't even try!"

Both congressional chambers met briefly on Thursday, but took no steps to end the closure.

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