‘No Wall, No Deal’: Lindsey Graham Gives Ultimatum to House Minority Leader

‘No Wall, No Deal’: Lindsey Graham Gives Ultimatum to House Minority Leader

Trump's tweets come as Congress has effectively given up on breaking the impasse over the president's demands for border-wall funding, all but ensuring that the partial government shutdown will stretch into at least the start of the new year.

"Trump fired off a series of tweets on Friday morning, saying that "We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely", unless a funding deal is reached with 'the Obstructionist Democrats'".

The partial government shutdown will nearly certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year, as President Donald Trump sought to raise the stakes Friday and both parties traded blame in the weeklong impasse.

When the shutdown began on Dec 22, affecting one-quarter of the federal government, Trump canceled his plans to spend the year-end holidays in Florida and vowed to remain at the White House - though he made a quick, unannounced trip to visit USA troops in Iraq. It also is beginning to pinch citizens who count on certain public services.

While Pelosi sips on festive cocktails served in coconut-cups, her staff are issuing press statements about how the Democrats will swiftly end the Trump Shutdown.

Sons of Anarchy star, Danny Trejo, finds President Trump's border wall plan to be a waste of money.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), however, has been spotted soaking up the sun on a vacation in Hawaii, drawing a contrast between the two leaders. "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".

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. "No", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said earlier this month.

In a burst of early morning tweets on Friday, Trump said the alternative to funding his controversial wall project would be a total separation from Mexico - including making USA auto companies pull out their factories based on the other side of the frontier.

"We don't think they will [negotiate] until after the new Congress is sworn in", he said. She accused Democrats of being "unwilling" to begin the negotiations.

"Either we build (finish) the Wall or we close the Border ..." one of Trump's four tweets about the border said in part. The Senate bill contains $1.3 billion for border security excluding any concrete wall.

He has repeatedly threatened to cut off US aid to countries that he deems have not done enough to combat illegal immigration, but thus far he's failed to follow through.

Resolution of the standoff may end up involving a face-saving deal on a barrier that Trump can call a wall. Experts have warned that cutting off aid money to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras could actually exacerbate the problem by worsening the poverty and violence that push many migrants to leave those countries. Since assuming office in January 2017, the president has had a Republican-controlled congress.

"Nobody wants anybody to struggle", she said.

"We are always seeking a good relationship with the United States".

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