U.S. government shutdown to extend to 2019

Trump blames Dems for shutdown

Trump held out for billions in federal funds for a border wall between the US and Mexico, which Democrats have said they were intent on blocking.

Trump has been excoriated by opposition Democrats, who oppose his demand for $5 billion in border wall funding, after he blamed them for the deaths of two Guatemalan children in United States custody in a tweet on Saturday.

What has Mr Trump said?

Kelly was known to tell aides that he had the "worst job in the world", and frequently told people that Trump was not up to role of president, according to two former administration officials.

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.

The federal government is now in a partial shutdown over gridlock in Congress that failed to approve Trump's demand for $US5 billion dedicated to the wall's construction.

White House officials and Trump friends say the president is unbound from convention and party, arguing he is going with his gut instincts and shrugging off calls for a more traditional approach, including his decision to end the US operation in Syria, where roughly 2,000 troops are deployed.

Fox News has learned that behind the scenes this weekend, several senators are discussing a new potential compromise to end the ongoing partial federal government shutdown.

No matter which option Pelosi goes with, Trump won't get his $5 billion for the border wall.

"They can't", he continued.

Mr Trump is sticking with his demand for money to build a border wall with Mexico, and Democrats, who take control of the House on January 3, are refusing to give him what he wants.

Democrats said the White House offered to accept $2.5 billion for border security, but that Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told Vice President Mike Pence that it wasn't acceptable. "But always saying "wall" or "no wall" is being very disingenuous and turning a complete blind eye to what is a crisis at the border when it comes to the drugs pouring in". He also asked for changes in what he said was the United States' "ridiculous immigration laws". A Reuters/Ipsos poll found 47 percent of Americans hold Trump responsible for the shutdown, compared with 33 percent who blame congressional Democrats.

'Now we have to do it the hard way, with a Shutdown'.

Trump had lunch Sunday with Republican South Carolina Sen. In his interview, Kelly was surprisingly critical of President Donald Trump's signature anti-illegal immigration effort, the border wall - an issue now at the forefront of national politics, and the crux of Trump's current budget stalemate with Congress. A previous deal that addressed the status of Dreamers failed to pass as a result of escalating White House demands.

On Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen embarked on a two-day tour of border stations in El Paso, Texas, and Yuma, Ariz., in the wake of the deaths of two migrant children who were detained by DHS after traveling from Guatemala.

The White House is still in the midst of a battle over funding for the border wall, which is expected to pick up Wednesday, when Congress returns to Washington, D.C. after their holiday. After all, the shutdown began while he and Republicans controlled both houses of Congress. During the brief session in the House, Republicans shot down a Democratic attempt to vote on legislation to reopen the government.

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