White House Targets Pelosi Even After Trump's 'Proud' Shutdown Vow

The House and Senate on Thursday both adjourned until next week after pro forma sessions that lasted less than three minutes

The House and Senate on Thursday both adjourned until next week after pro forma sessions that lasted less than three minutes

Or, more concretely, he would refuse to fund the federal government until congressional Democrats agreed to appropriate upwards of $5 billion for his border wall (even though the Republican Senate had already signaled that it was willing to fund the government without such an appropriation, and Democrats would only need to wait a matter of days before they assumed control of the House). Time to get tough on Border Security.

"We are far apart", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told CBS on Friday, claiming of Democrats, "They've left the table all together".

"Call it anything you want to: barrier fence, I won't want to say the "W" word".

The president then reiterated his threat to close the border if wall funding isn't secured, and added that his administration would also cut off foreign aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador for taking money from the US while not preventing its citizens from migrating to America in caravans.

In a befuddling series of tweets Friday, President Trump appeared to threaten both the Democrats and US trade relations with Mexico when he suggested he would close the southern border. Only a few lawmakers presided over the brief sessions, while congressional leaders and rank-and-file members were nearly entirely absent.

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The shutdown is idling hundreds of thousands of federal workers and beginning to pinch citizens who count on some public services.

The border wall is seen in the background as U.S. Army soldiers install concertina wire along the United States - Mexico border in Hidalgo, Texas, U.S., November 8, 2018.

Drew Hammill, spokesman for House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats will not fund Trump's "immoral, ineffective and expensive wall". The Senate bill contains $1.3 billion for border security excluding any concrete wall. If such a bill were to pass the House and again win support in the Senate, it would then go to Trump.

On Thursday, the Senate was in session for only four minutes after lawmakers didn't show up.

At that point, he could face a politically hard choice - back down on his full wall-funding demand or veto the bill and single-handedly extend the partial shutdown. It was unclear how Trump's threat to close the border would affect his efforts to ratify an amended North American free trade pact. "We will be cutting off all aid to these 3 countries - taking advantage of USA for years!" The White House would have to notify Congress if it wanted to cut or reallocate aid, which could delay or complicate the process.

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