Trump threatens to shut border if no wall money

Trump threatens to shut border if no wall money

Trump threatens to shut border if no wall money

A partial US government shutdown was widely expected to continue after Congress reconvenes on Thursday, with lawmakers split over President Donald Trump's demand for $5 billion in taxpayer funding for a proposed Mexican border wall.

Negotiations between opposition Democrats and Republicans failed Thursday to end a partial USA government shutdown, pushing to next week any hopes of ending the impasse over President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funding.

Trump's $5 billion demand for the border wall was previously included in a House-passed bill, but that piece of legislation didn't make it through the Senate by the deadline on December 21, according to the Washington Examiner, which noted that rejected spending bills have only offered up between $1.3 billion and $1.6 billion for border security.

In a tweet Friday morning, President Trump referred to Democrats as "obstructionist" on the issue and even threatened to shut down the southern border entirely.

Mulvaney blamed Pelosi for the stand-off in part because of a Politico report headlined: "Dems' New Year's resolution: Stiff Trump on the wall and reopen the government". Closing the border down until the American people get the security they voted for would be a logical next step.

It's looking increasingly as if the partial government shutdown will be handed off to a divided government to solve.

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The president, who had already scrapped a Christmas visit to his Florida golf resort has also "cancelled his plans for New Year's", his incoming chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, said on Fox News.

Last week Trump said his administration was prepared for a lengthy shutdown. "We're going to behave like adults and do our job".

Experts are divided on solutions to policing the long, often inhospitable border separating the world's biggest economy from the far poorer countries to its south.

AMLO took an even-minded approach to Trump's comments, saying, "We are always seeking a good relationship with the United States". Experts have warned that cutting off aid money to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras could actually exacerbate the problem by worsening the poverty and violence that push many migrants to leave those countries.

The impoverished, often risky countries have long received American assistance to boost democracy, human rights, education and security.

Honduras is now set to receive $65.7 million in 2019, down from $105.6 million in 2017, while Guatemala is slated for $69.4 million, down from $145 million.

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