Trump unmoved on border wall demand as shutdown enters ninth day

Outgoing White House chief John Kelly said he had "nothing but compassion" for undocumented migrants crossing into the USA and undercut the idea of a border wall in an interview Sunday that jarred with President Donald Trump's tough rhetoric on immigration. "The president still says "wall"-oftentimes frankly he'll say "barrier" or 'fencing, ' now he's tended toward steel slats", per Kelly. But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it", Kelly continued".

According to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, Kelly would often tell aides he the "worst job in the world".

President Donald Trump discussed the government shutdown stalemate at the White House with advisers including Vice President Mike Pence, legislative director Shahira Knight and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, an official said.

On the eighth day of the partial government shutdown, Donald Trump invited Democrats to "come on over and make a deal on Border Security".

President Donald Trump is threatening to close the US border with Mexico if Democrats in Congress don't agree to fund the construction of a border wall.

Despite this, Trump has consistently painted the asylum seekers and economic migrants in outlandish terms, raising the specter of rapists, gang members and people with infectious diseases roaming freely across the border. Democrats plan to pass legislation to try to restore the government when they take control of the House on Thursday.

"Democrats are not going to give us any money for a wall, border security, without getting something themselves", Graham said.

Asked about Trump's latest tweets, López Obrador told reporters Friday: "We have acted prudently and cautiously, and we have not expressed an opinion on this theme, because this is an internal matter of the USA government and we prefer to abstain" from making a statement.

As far as the type of border security Trump is looking to get funded in a deal goes, Conway did not offer specifics but told Bash that "it's anything - it's all of the above".

The partial government shutdown is entering its second week today and government employees we spoke to who have been forced to work without pay or stay home are saying "Trump's stupid".

Preventing a Pelosi-led House from oversight functions might be of particular interest, as Democrats already plan a massive blitz of investigations into Trump's finances, policies, and potentially corrupt acts by his Cabinet.

"The president would ask things like, "'Why can't we do it this way?'" Kelly said. It marked the starkest admission yet by the president's inner circle that his signature campaign pledge, which sparked fervent chants of "build that wall" during Trump's rallies and is now at the centre of a budgetary standoff, would not be fulfilled as advertised.

Mr Trump has remained out of the public eye since returning to the White House early Thursday from a 29-hour visit to U.S. troops in Iraq, instead taking to Twitter to attack Democrats.

The minority leaders, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. "What happened was Jeff Sessions, he was the one that instituted the zero-tolerance process on the border that resulted in both people being detained and the family separation", Kelly said.

A close congressional ally of Trump's on Friday sent a tweet suggesting more partisan confrontation lies ahead.

Mulvaney told Fox last week that the administration had shown movement on the latest $5 billion demand for border security.

One bipartisan proposal is to provide $5.7 billion in funding for the border wall, as well as a congressional reauthorization of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for those brought to the US illegally as children, along with some other immigration provisions.

  • Joey Payne