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

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

This, of course, came in tandem with numerous anti-Democrat, pro-wall tweets about how much the United States "looses [sic]" in trade with Mexico and how little positive press he receives from said "Fake News" outlets.

About 25 percent of the federal government has been shut down since Saturday, with roughly 800,000 workers affected, including an estimated 350,000 who are on furlough at home.

President Donald Trump threatened Friday to seal off the US-Mexico border "entirely" if Congress does not approve billions of dollars in funding for a wall.

That would "bring our vehicle industry back into the United States where it belongs", he said.

"Word is that a new Caravan is forming in Honduras and they are doing nothing about it".

He has also repeatedly threatened to cut off US aid to countries he deems insufficient partners in combating illegal immigration, but has thus far failed to follow through with those threats.

Despite Trump's threat, the United States this month announced a new collaboration with Mexico on a program to curb migration from Central American countries, with much of the $10.6 billion US contribution to be drawn from existing aid programs.

"For the White House to try and blame anyone but the president for this shutdown doesn't pass the laugh test, " said Justin Goodman, a spokesman for Schumer.

During an interview Friday, Sanders criticized Democrats for refusing to budge on the issue of immigration and said they have completely left the negotiation table.

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.

He then argued that Pelosi was cornered into her position by her own need to prevail on the House floor January 3 when she must stand for speaker.

"Nancy Pelosi can not be seen by her party as being weak on negotiating with Donald Trump".

He blasted Democrats, including Senate leader Chuck Schumer, for supporting border security measures - including a wall - in 2006 and 2011 before abandoning the position when President Trump took office.

"Trump has been holding work meetings since Congress went into recess, including one with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on how to fund the administration's border security plan", the report said.

"With the House Majority, Democrats will act swiftly to end the Trump Shutdown, and will fight for a strategic, robust national security policy, including strong and smart border security, and strong support for our servicemembers and veterans".

Mulvaney said Friday that "some folks use the term "wall" and they mean different things".

Mulvaney also praised 'that steel slat fence that he sent the picture out, ' in reference to the border barrier Trump tweeted out with spiky points on top, saying experts consider it the 'ideal border barrier'.

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