Republican Senator Graham says Trump receptive to shutdown deal idea

US Donald Trump threatens to close Mexico border ‘entirely’ if funding for wall is not secured

Trump gets a variety of information, Kelly said, but goes with his instincts anyway.

"We pushed the pause button", McConnell said the day the government was scheduled to partially close, "until the President, from whom we will need a signature, and Senate Democrats, from whom we will need votes, reach an agreement".

Trump's outgoing chief of staff John Kelly, who has been largely uninvolved in the shutdown negotiations, said in an interview published Sunday that the wall Trump is hammering Democrats over is not actually a concrete wall and hasn't been since the early days of the administration. They need technological enhancements, physical barriers, the steel slats the president has tweeted about and talked about, ' she said.

He said he would discuss the proposal with Mr Trump over lunch at the White House, though it was unclear if the president or Democrats were open to such an approach.

"The president made a campaign promise that he would build a wall", Stewart said.

Democrats maintain that they have already presented the White House with three options to end the shutdown, none of which fund the wall, and insist that it's Mr Trump's move.

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.

A White House official said Democratic Sen.

The comments further muddy the administration's position as Trump demands that Democrats provide $5 billion in funding for a wall on the southwestern border with Mexico, an impasse that has led to a partial government shutdown after the president abruptly pulled out of a compromise deal to keep the government funded through February.

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"To my Democratic friends, there will never be a deal without wall funding", Graham said Sunday on CNN.

"It is a silly semantic argument because people who just want to say "wall, wall, wall" want it to be a four-letter word and not respect what Customs and Border Patrol tell us they need", Conway said on "Fox News Sunday". "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".

"The president would ask things like, "'Why can't we do it this way?'" Kelly said.

Because Congress was not able to agree a funding deal that included the financing of the wall, the U.S. government went into a partial shutdown before Christmas that has still not been resolved. "While one White House official says they're willing to compromise, another says the president is holding firm at no less than $5 billion for the wall. But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration, when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it". But a previous attempt to reach a compromise that addressed the status of Dreamers broke down past year as a result of escalating White House demands.

He also moved to defend himself from criticism that he couldn't deliver on the wall while the GOP controlled both the House and Senate.

In the Los Angeles Times interview, Kelly conceded that Trump often pressed against the legal boundaries of his role, as the former secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, said recently.

In the interim, thousands of employees of federal agencies such as the Homeland Security, Justice, Commerce, Interior, Transportation, Agriculture and other departments were staying at home on furlough or soon to be working without pay.

After President Trump canceled his Christmas plans over the shutdown, his acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney announced he would be canceling his New Year's trip to Mar-a-Lago as well. "I'm surprised that the Democrats are this lax on the wall". "Now we have to do it the hard way, with a Shutdown".

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