Trump Just Sent an Urgent Message About the Wall

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

There is also a lack of clarity about what is acceptable on the southern border; outgoing White House chief of staff John Kelly told the Los Angeles Times the idea of an all-concrete wall was abandoned "early on in the administration". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to trade wall funds for legislation addressing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and Temporary Protected Status, granted to those from a country where it's deemed unsafe to return.

As always, Trump is inclined to believe that he's winning whenever he's dominating discourse with his opinions and behavior, however odd and reprehensible they may seem.

The shutdown, which has forced furloughs of hundreds of thousands of federal government employees, has left many parks without most of their rangers.

In morning tweets, Trump sought to blame the media for the discrepancy and said he still envisions an "all concrete" wall in some areas but that a "see through" barrier at the U.S.

The partial US government shutdown extended into the new year Tuesday with no signs of progress toward a spending deal between Congress and President Donald Trump as the effects of the 11-day-old stalemate become increasingly visible.

The partial U.S. government shutdown will nearly certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year.

The deadlock has resulted in what is already the longest partial government shutdown since a 16-day standoff in 2013 over the Affordable Care Act.

Lawmakers involved in the talks and analysts already since the Trump-Pelosi immigration brawl could keep the Agriculture, Homeland Security, Justice, Interior departments and some smaller federal entities closed indefinitely.

When the new Congress opens on January 3, the Democratic Party will have the majority in the House of Representatives after winning enough seats during November's midterm elections.

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Although many U.S. voters have concerns about border security, most do not think the wall is worth a government shutdown, according to recent polls.

"It's simple: The Senate is not going to send something to the president that he won't sign", said a spokesman for Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

The House Democratic plan includes full funding for the remaining federal departments that weren't funded before the shutdown.

Democrats on Monday unveiled legislation created to re-open the federal government, without providing money for Donald Trump's border wall. The partial government shutdown will nearly certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year, as both parties traded blame Friday and President Donald Trump sought to raise the stakes in the weeklong impasse.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, poised to become House speaker, and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, said senators have already voted for a February 8 funding bill during votes two weeks ago. They would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to September 30.

The two funding bills will have to be formally introduced Wednesday, when the new 116th Congress is called into session and Democrats assume majority control of the House.

"I will be the one to shut it down". The bills have all passed Senate committees on a bipartisan basis.

But he later argued the Democrats would be at fault if they didn't vote for border security.

Unwilling or unable to pick one objection to Trump's border wall proposal, they have panned it as "immoral, ineffective and expensive" as well as "fifth-century technology".

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