Mulvaney: $5B Border Wall Demand 'Came Down,' But Dems Walked Out

Mexico creates free zone on US border to win investment create jobs

The shutdown has been triggered by Trump's demands for USA taxpayers to stump up five billion USA dollars for the border wall, around a quarter of the total estimated price tag. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who opened the Senate on Thursday for a session that only lasted minutes.

The effects to the public of the impasse grew as the Environmental Protection Agency, which had the money to function a week longer than some agencies, implemented its shutdown plan at midnight Friday night. That will mean furloughing many of its roughly 14,000 workers.

Trump long promised that Mexico would pay for the wall, but Mexico refuses to do so. Now Democratic leaders are adamant that they will not authorize money for the project, calling it wasteful and ineffective.

"We are far apart", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told CBS on Friday.

"We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with", Trump tweeted.

Trump also said the USA would cut off all aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador for "taking advantage of (the) US for years!" It also is beginning to pinch citizens who count on public services.

Trump canceled his Christmas trip to Florida and remained in the White House, saying on Christmas Eve that he was "waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal".

Trump wants $5 billion in funding for a wall along the more than 2,000-mile border, which he says is now too porous to stop illegal immigration and which he says has become a magnet for criminals, drugs and even terrorists. It was also not guaranteed that Trump would settle for that amount.

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Instead, the Democratic House leader was recognized at a luxury resort in Hawaii on Thursday.

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Friday that Nancy Pelosi's not-quite-locked-up bid to become House speaker has stalled negotiations to end the government shutdown.

"We are not giving up on that - it's why the government is closed, ' Mulvaney said".

"Everyone agrees that what we can and should be building on that southern border is that steel barrier that the president tweeted out".

The government has been partially shut down since Saturday.

Pelosi and her lieutenants plan to pass a funding bill that could reopen the government as soon as new members are sworn in because they believe they have the upper hand in the shutdown fight, the website said.

"We are always seeking a good relationship with the United States".

"If you close the border you are going to reinvite huge swings in the stock market, you are going to jeopardize the economic progress we've made, and you're frankly going to do a lot of damage to your own prospects for 2020 by inviting a recession", he said.

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