"Nothing But Compassion" For Migrants, Says Outgoing White House Chief

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is expected to be elected speaker on Thursday and will push for a vote as one of her first moves. The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump does not want to settle for less than $5 billion in funding for the border wall. "I'll get it built, and Fast!".

McConnell spokesman Donald Stewart made it clear Senate Republicans will not take action without Trump's backing. "It's simple: The Senate is not going to send something to the President that he won't sign". Republican senators left for the holidays refusing to vote on any bills until all sides, including Trump, were in agreement. Democrats dismissed the $400 million as a "slush fund" that could be used to mistreat migrants, and they called the offer hollow because Trump hadn't publicly endorsed it.

He also moved to defend himself from criticism that he couldn't deliver on the wall while the GOP controlled both the House and Senate.

The two-part package will include a bill to keep funding for the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through February 8 with US$1.3 billion (1.02 billion pounds) for border security, as well as measures to fund other shuttered agencies through the September 30 end of the current fiscal year, Democratic congressional aides said on Monday.

"This isn't that hard: All Senate Republicans have to do is pass legislation they have already supported on a bipartisan basis", said on House Democratic aide.

But with Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives on Thursday, the chances of a deal being struck are likely to become even more distant.

Senate Democrats support the measures, according to a senior aide who was unauthorized to discuss the plan and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

A former Marine general who led the military command responsible for Latin America, Kelly was Trump's Homeland Security secretary before becoming White House chief of staff in July a year ago.

"Our negotiations are at an impasse at the moment".

"In a tweet Sunday, Trump referred to the "#SchumerShutdown", prompting pushback from the office of Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

There has been little contact between the White House and congressional Democrats for more than a week, other than the Republican president's Twitter barbs, as the two parties remain divided over his insistence on funding for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

"An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED, as has been reported by the media", the president said.

- Pence offer tweaked: Vice President Mike Pence told Schumer on December 22 that Trump could accept $2.1 billion for border barriers, plus a $400 million flexible fund for the president's "immigration priorities".

President Donald Trump on Monday pushed back against claims that his administration has abandoned a concrete wall on the border, despite his own outgoing chief of staff's statements that the idea was ruled out "early on in the administration".

In an interview published Sunday in the Los Angeles Times, Kelly was quoted saying that the current White House plan for a barrier is "not a wall". Others said border security could include a wall, fencing and high-tech monitoring. 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.

A proposal was floated on Sunday by Sen.

The government has been partially shut down since President Trump opted not to sign a stopgap funding bill that would have averted a shutdown altogether.

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