Trump not building a 'wall': White House chief

Trump not building a 'wall': White House chief

Trump asked for 500 to 550 miles of a wall or steel slats fence, saying other parts of the border already have natural barriers, such as mountains. But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration, when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it, ' he said.

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.

Outgoing White House chief of staff John Kelly said President Donald Trump has changed his plans for the structure he wants built along the US-Mexico border.

The partial shutdown began December 22 after Trump bowed to conservative demands that he fight to make good on his vow and secure funding for the wall before Republicans lose control of the House on Wednesday.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Thursday, more Americans now blame Donald Trump than congressional Democrats for the partial us government shutdown with no end in sight.

Democrats plan to reintroduce a funding bill in the House after they gain control of the chamber in January.

"The more the focus is on the wall, the more Pelosi is forced to focus on this fight instead of the investigations", said one source close to the White House, expressing a sentiment shared with The Daily Beast by three other individuals allied with Trump.

Trump's previous threats to build a wall and force Mexico to pay for it led to diplomatic clashes with the government of former president Enrique Peña Nieto.

Asked about Mr Trump's border-closing threat, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador insisted it was an internal United States government matter. 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.

Within hours, the White House pushed back on Kelly's comments by highlighting Trump's earlier tweets on the topic.

In television interviews on Friday, Trump aides sought to blame Democrats for the continuing shutdown.

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

Though Pelosi is in Hawaii, her office has continued to release press statements over the shutdown.

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.

Mulvaney told Fox last week that the administration had shown movement on the latest $5 billion demand for border security.

However, most of the people living in the USA illegally do so by simply overstaying legally obtained visas, the Center for Migration studies reported past year.

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 USA operation in Syria, where roughly 2,000 troops are deployed.

Most voters, however, appear to be aligned with Democrats, who when not pointing to Trump's campaign promise that Mexico would pay for the wall, contend that there is little need for it.

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