Nancy Pelosi is vacationing at Hawaii resort during shutdown

Geraldine Edwards
December 29, 2018

The Republican president also reiterated threats to cut off all USA aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, which he said were doing nothing to stop the flow of migrants toward the United States.

"We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with", he tweeted Friday morning.

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

Trump has consistently painted the asylum seekers and economic migrants in outlandish terms, raising the specter of rapists, gang members and people with infectious diseases roaming freely across the border.

Wall prototypes sit on the US-Mexico border
And the President is treating them like poker chips at one of his failed casinos", Warner wrote on his Twitter account . A member of the House Republican leadership indicated to Fox News that a resolution may not emerge until the new year.

Asked about the startling rhetoric, Mulvaney told Fox that Trump "is trying to draw light to the fact this is a insane discussion to be having".

Mulvaney said Trump is willing to shut down the border, despite the economic hit as $558 billion worth of goods flowed across the border past year, because "all options are on the table" and "it's the only way we can get the Democrats' attention".

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters today that the White House has backed down from its $5 billion demand for a border wall, offering a lower number to Democrats last weekend.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday, 47 percent of Americans hold Trump responsible for the shutdown, while 33 percent blame Democrats in Congress. 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. Chuck Schumer of New York, left, speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Dec. 11, 2018. Negotiations continue between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill, but there's only so much Congress can do without the president.

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Details of the upcoming House bill were unclear but it was unlikely to include wall funding, like an earlier Senate measure. That bill is a non-starter for Senate Democrats, who can block such legislation.

The Senate and the House of Representatives were set to meet at 4 p.m. EST on the sixth day of the shutdown and resume debating ways to end it.

Once sworn in next week, the new House Democratic majority will be able to pass any spending bill it chooses.

The shutdown is affecting about 800,000 federal workers. "Deliver them from the mire of division and despair as you lead them to your desired destination". About half of them are still going to work while the rest are furloughed.

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Expect Thursday to be partly sunny with a slight chance of showers, and a mix of rain and snow is possible Friday . Most Canadians won't be getting a white Christmas this year, The Weather Network forecasts.

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