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Trump threatens to seal US-Mexico border if wall is not built

Trump threatens to seal US-Mexico border if wall is not built

He also threatened to cut off US aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, among countries he deems have not done enough to combat illegal immigration.

The US president has been struggling with US Senate Democrats to pass a budget bill containing $5 billion in funding for the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico for the last month.

"There's not a single Democrat talking to the president of the United States about this deal", Mulvaney said Friday.

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.

Trump declared three weeks ago during a White House meeting with Pelosi and Schumer that he would be "proud" to take responsibility for shutting down the government over funding for a border wall.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump's incoming acting chief of staff, claimed Friday on "Fox & Friends" that it appeared Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer is interested in a deal but Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi is preventing it.

President Donald Trump and Democrats are trading blame for the partial government shutdown.

As the Free Beacon first reported, the top Democrat was spotted on Hawaii's Big Island at the Fairmont Orchid resort, where rooms range from $899-a-night to $4,899-a-night.

Asked if the President is willing to go as far as closing the US-Mexico border, Mulvaney told Fox News, "I think he is". It also is beginning to pinch citizens who count on certain public services.




He suggested that Pelosi was shying away from any deal because "she cannot be seen by her party as being weak on negotiating with Donald Trump".

Democrats and some Republicans view the wall as a costly, unneeded and ineffective project, but some Republicans support the idea and back Trump's demand for $5bn in partial funding.

"Nancy Pelosi can not be seen by her party as being weak on negotiating with Donald Trump".

The president's comments are in line with his administration's prior statements denying any culpability for children who die in USA custody. "So we fully expect that until she is elected speaker and has locked that vote up, we don't expect to hear from the Democrats again".

Mulvaney said Friday that Trump has been closely following the shutdown as well as the manhunt for an illegal immigrant suspected of killing a cop in California.

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". "Last night they called us and said that they weren't even going to counter that". "We must be diligent in protecting trade relations with our neighbors", Gonzalez said in the statement.

According to Trump the "caravans" amount to organized attempts at invading the United States.

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 US port of entry.

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