Trump says build US-Mexico wall or he'll seal border 'entirely'

Trump says build US-Mexico wall or he'll seal border 'entirely'

Trump says build US-Mexico wall or he'll seal border 'entirely'

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday defended President Donald Trump's border security rhetoric - including the assertion that "any deaths of children" at the border are "strictly the fault of the Democrats" - after a second migrant child died in USA custody earlier this month.

That's John Kelly in an LA Times exit interview about immigration policy, Afghanistan, the legality of President Trump's orders-and whether Kelly was allowed to "go get a beer" during his "bone-crushing hard job" as chief of staff.

The president himself has touted steel slats on twitter, posting pictures of those types of barriers as he argues for the funds to build the project as the federal government enters day nine of a partial shutdown.

"For those that naively ask why didn't the Republicans get approval to build the Wall over the a year ago, it is because IN THE SENATE WE NEED 10 DEMOCRAT VOTES, and they will gives us "NONE" for Border Security!", he tweeted.

Last week, Pence told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that the president would agree to a deal that included $2.5 billion for border security, half the $5 billion he's publicly demanded, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

Both sides have dug in, with Democrats refusing to provide United States dollars 5 billion for the project and the president - who has made hardline immigration polices a centre piece of his presidency - vowing he will not fully fund the government unless he gets the money.

As he called for Democrats to negotiate, Trump brushed off criticism that his administration bore any responsibility for the recent deaths of two migrant children in Border Patrol custody. They singled out Nancy Pelosi, who is set to become the speaker of the House of Representatives next week, when the Democrats will take over majority control of the House.

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"The more the focus is on the wall, the more Pelosi is forced to focus on this fight instead of the investigations", said one source close to the White House, expressing a sentiment shared with The Daily Beast by three other individuals allied with Trump. "While one White House official says they're willing to compromise, another says the president is holding firm at no less than (US)$5 billion for the wall".

President Donald Trump announced earlier this month that Kelly would be leaving his role by the end of the year. But that alone won't solve the shutdown, absent Senate approval and Trump's signature. "They're being promised something that people can simply not deliver upon", she said.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is spending the holidays vacationing in Hawaii, as a partial government shutdown grinds on with no resolution in sight. The measure will not include money for Trump's wall.

In fact, Pelosi has all but locked up the support she needs to win the speaker's gavel after the new Congress convenes on Thursday, and there has been no sign that she and Schumer are in conflict. The president left the White House on Christmas to travel to Iraq and meet with American troops stationed overseas.

"Illegal immigrants, overwhelmingly, are not bad people", Kelly told the LA Times, adding that many had been manipulated by traffickers.

Trump wrote. "Far more money coming to the U.S. Because of the tremendous dangers at the Border, including large scale criminal and drug inflow, the United States Military will build the Wall!"

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