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Trump says build US-Mexico wall or he'll seal border

Trump says build US-Mexico wall or he'll seal border”

Friday morning, Trump tweeted that the USA "will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall".

"Could the White House have handled this better? They can't. If we had a Wall, they wouldn't even try!"

White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on "Fox & Friends" that Trump is also nixing his plans for New Year's because of the shutdown.

Fox News has confirmed that Pelosi, the House speaker-designate, is vacationing in Kona, Hawaii, and was seen there Thursday as well as Friday morning.

Trump began his day Friday by renewing a pair of vague threats he has made previously to seal the US border with Mexico to trade and tourism and cut off USA foreign aid money to Central American nations. Congress adjourned for the week without a resolution in sight.

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

No votes were scheduled this week in the House or Senate as congressional leaders agreed to not bring a bill to the floor unless it was agreed to between Democrats and President Trump.

Trump is not budging, having panned Democratic offers to keep money at current levels - $1.3 billion for border fencing, but not the wall.

"He's staying in Washington, D.C., over New Year's", said Mulvaney, who is set to become Trump's acting chief of staff next month.

He then argued that Pelosi was cornered into her position by her own need to prevail on the House floor January 3 when she must stand for speaker.

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Trump, meanwhile, has been hardening his rhetoric and on Saturday said that Democrats have given the Republicans none of the votes they need in the Senate to provide for border security. While the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says the father told them he had not been able to give his daughter food or water for "days", the family has called for an "objective and thorough investigation" into the incident.

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.

'Democrats are united against the President's immoral, ineffective and expensive wall - the wall that he specifically promised that Mexico would pay for, ' said spokesman Drew Hammill.

Mulvaney said Schumer was "really interested in doing a deal and coming to some sort of compromise" but he understood that Pelosi was at risk of losing the speakership of the House if she went along. Instead, Trump has been working to end the shutdown, though he maintains he will not sign a spending bill that excludes funding for a border wall. "We must be diligent in protecting trade relations with our neighbors", Gonzalez said in the statement. During the brief session in the House, Republicans shot down a Democratic attempt to vote on legislation to reopen the government.

Trump also falsely claimed that the deceased 7-year-old's father "said it was not their fault", referring to immigration authorities.

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