US House Democrats manoeuvre to end shutdown, without Trump wall money

US House Democrats manoeuvre to end shutdown, without Trump wall money

Donald Trump's outgoing chief of staff on Sunday admitted the president's planned wall along the United States and Mexico border would be more like a fence, as he gave his final interview before leaving office.

"An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED", Trump tweeted on Monday.

"I am in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a deal on Border Security", he wrote Sunday.

General John Kelly, who leaves the administration on Wednesday after a rocky 18-month tenure, broke with the president on key areas during an intriguing exit interview with The Los Angeles Times newspaper.

"The president still says "wall" - oftentimes frankly he'll say "barrier" or 'fencing, ' now he's tended towards steel slats". He said that Trump had given up on the idea of "a solid concrete wall early on in the administration".

Graham met with the president at the White House on Sunday. "Building a wall from sea to shining sea won't make us safer or stop drugs from coming into our country".

He also took pride that he kept politics out of the decision-making process at the White House, an issue that Trump's allies repeatedly expressed frustration about the new chief of staff.

US House Democrats are introducing a package of bills on Monday that would re-open the federal government without approving money for President Donald Trump's border wall.

Trump is fighting for $5 billion to build his border wall with Mexico.

On the campaign trail, Trump promised that Mexico would pay for the wall, but Mexico has refused.

The North Carolina Republican's suggestion came as the government remained partially shuttered, with both sides gridlocked over funding for a barrier on the U.S. -Mexico border.

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Democratic Congressman Hakeem Jeffries agreed on ABC's "This Week" that immigration reform and enhanced border security were needed.

The partial government shutdown began on December 22 over a dispute on funding for a proposed border wall with Mexico. "Meanwhile, the president tweets blaming everyone but himself for a shutdown he called for more than 25 times".

When visiting prototypes for the wall in March (that included large concrete options) he said "you have to have see-through. you have to know what's on the other side of the wall".

"Democrats have a chance here to work with me and others, including the president, to bring legal status to people who have very uncertain lives", Graham said.

At the weekend, Trump was tweeted often, but did not hold meetings with Republican or Democratic leaders.

Rep. Walter Jones is anxious that President Donald Trump's proposed border wall will add to the federal debt - so anxious, in fact, that he's proposing the president pony up some of his own money for the wall.

"There may be a wall at some places, there may be steel slats, there may be technological enhancements", Conway said.

"To be honest, it's not a wall", Mr Kelly said, when asked about plans for the border. Thus, President Trump may well feel emboldened to risk a lengthy shutdown in the hopes that voters will continue to not view a shutdown as catastrophically as the media.

With time dwindling before a new Congress is sworn in, Donald Trump has not budged in his demand for billions in funding for a border wall, narrowing prospects for a government shutdown to end immediately when the legislature reconvenes.

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 shutdown is forcing hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contractors to stay home or work without pay.

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