Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Trump insists an ‘all concrete Wall’ was never abandoned

Trump insists an ‘all concrete Wall’ was never abandoned

With a Democrat-controlled House and a Senate that was only able to pick up two seats, Trump's dreams of $5 billion in border security funding is looking unlikely.

One measure would reopen eight departments through September 2019 and the other would temporarily reopen the Department of Homeland Security, which is at the center of the fight over border wall funding, through February 8.

Democrats have said they intend to vote on legislation to reopen the government on Thursday when the new Congress convenes.

"It would be the height of irresponsibility and political cynicism for Senate Republicans to now reject the same legislation they have already supported", Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement late Monday.

The partial government shutdown, which began on December 22, was precipitated by Trump's demand, under pressure from conservative commentators, that lawmakers approve US$5 billion to help fund a wall that was a key part of his 2016 presidential campaign, though he said at the time that it would be paid for by Mexico.

"The one thing I know for sure is nothing will get out of the Senate without wall/border funding and Democrats are not going to give us money for a wall/border security without getting something themselves", Graham said.

Trump suggested as much again in a tweet on Sunday: "President and Mrs. Obama built/has a ten foot Wall around their D.C. mansion/compound".

Now there is almost 600 miles worth of barrier, primarily consisting of 16-foot high fencing, along the 1,900-mile US-Mexico border. The idea of a "solid concrete wall", he said was left behind early in the administration. Then, in the next tweet 11 minutes later, he attacked the Democrats for what he predicted will be their decision to allocate "NOTHING to border security, namely the Wall".

The Democratic legislation will mark the first major battle pitting the incoming Democratic House majority led by Nancy Pelosi against Trump and McConnell. Its prospects there appear unpromising, although Trump's unpredictability makes it hard to gauge how the shutdown showdown will play out.

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It will also include six other bipartisan bills - some that have already passed the Senate - to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown.

One proposal would see extra funding for border barriers and other security, while also meeting the Democrats' demand for work permits for young immigrants referred to as "Dreamers".

In one of the tweets on Monday, Trump reminded Democrats they have voted in favor of a border barrier twice before. Those bills will provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to September 30.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told Vice President Mike Pence that it wasn't acceptable, nor was it guaranteed that Mr Trump, under intense pressure from his conservative base to fulfill his signature campaign promise, would settle for that amount.

Further clouding the question of what, exactly, $5 billion would build, Sen.

McKinley said border security should be a mixture of approaches, including drones, steel slats, concrete walls and Border Patrol agents.

"To be honest, it's not a wall", Kelly said in an exit interview with the Los Angeles Times.

I spent Christmas in the White House, I spent New Year's Eve now in the White House.

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