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No end in sight for United States government shutdown
30 December 2018, 12:29 | Tara Lloyd
No end in sight for US government shutdown
Trump also said the US would cut off all aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador for "taking advantage of (the) USA for years!"
"I've had members come to me saying they are returning holiday and Christmas presents they bought because they are anxious about paying rent", National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon said in an interview Thursday.
Opponents, especially in the Democratic party but also some in Trump's Republican party, say that a physical wall is impractical and that the idea is being used as a political tool to whip up xenophobia in Trump's right-wing voter base.
Democrats are likely to move a bill to fund the government late next week, while Republicans will take up Trump's argument that Democrats are weak on border security and make incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the issue.
He's still at the White House, awaiting work by Congress on those spending bills that government employees are depending on.
Trump and the top two Democratic leaders engaged in a televised war of words on December 11 in an Oval Office confrontation during which the president took ownership of the coming partial shutdown.
In fact, Pelosi has all but locked up the support she needs to win the speaker's gavel Thursday and there has been no sign that she and Schumer are in conflict.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill added that Democrats united against the wall and won't seriously consider any White House offer unless Trump backs it publicly because he "has changed his position so many times".
Trump's prospects for getting what he wants from the shutdown appear to be diminishing by the day. "They told us last night that they were not countering our last offer", he explained. It was also not guaranteed that Trump would settle for that amount.
Trump visited San Diego in March to review border wall prototypes commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security, but he has not visited a Border Patrol station or USA port of entry.
His tweets are the president's first public comment about the deaths of two children, an eight-year-old boy named Felipe Gomez Alonzo and a seven-year-old girl named Jakelin Caal, who were taken into custody with their parents after attempting a unsafe crossing into the United States at the Mexico border.
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But Democrats - and some Republicans - are refusing to budge saying border security can be achieved without a wall. However, it's unclear if the new stop-gap spending bill will be able to actually pass through the House and Senate.