Donald Trump's outgoing chief of staff on Sunday admitted the president's planned wall along the USA and Mexico border would be more like a fence, as he gave his final interview before leaving office.
"To be honest, it's not a wall", Kelly said, adding the mix of technological enhancements and "steel slat" barriers the president now wants along the border resulted from conversations with law enforcement professionals on the ground. "The president still says "wall" - oftentimes frankly he'll say 'barrier" or 'fencing, ' now he's tended toward steel slats.
Trump tweeted: 'For those that naively ask why didn't the Republicans get approval to build the Wall over the a year ago, it is because IN THE SENATE WE NEED 10 DEMOCRAT VOTES, and they will gives us "NONE" for Border Security! But Kelly's comments were seemingly at odds with the president's tweet on Friday calling for "money to finish the Wall", as well as his promises during and after the 2016 presidential campaign.
On the seventh day of the partial government shutdown, President Trump on Friday threatened to shut down the U.S. -Mexico border if Democrats refuse his monetary demands to build his long-promised wall.
A partial government shutdown-which has affected approximately a quarter of USA government departments-began at midnight on Friday after the president declined to sign a stop-gap measure to keep the government running through New Years Day on the basis that it did not provide funding for his proposed wall along the border of Mexico and the U.S.
Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said Sunday that President Trump's strategies heading into 2019 are very beneficial to Americans.
As the shutdown continues to drag on, Trump's dogged base politics have left him little leverage to force Democrats to comply with his wishes, an ominous reality as Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is expected to win the House speakership in the coming days and then mostly ignore Trump's calls for wall funds as she asserts herself within the confines of divided government.
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'As if missed paychecks and working without pay were not enough, now they have been told that they don't even deserve a modest pay increase'.
Some federal workers began to feel the pain of the partial U.S. government shutdown on Friday.
The North Portico of the White House is seen, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Washington.
A dispute over funding for Mr Trump's proposed wall has led to "non-essential" operations at numerous agencies being closed for lack of funding. "And negotiation by definition has to include both sides".
"Nancy Pelosi needs to come back from Hawaii".
Mulvaney told Fox last week that the administration had shown movement on the latest $5 billion demand for border security.
Her office says the White House hasn't contacted them since December 11, when Trump said at a tense meeting he would claim the "mantle" of a shutdown.