Democrats hold firm on shutdown as Trump refuses to take blame

Mr Trump said increased border security was 'desperately needed'

"The Democrats offered us $1.6 billion a couple weeks ago, then they offered the president $1.3 billion this week" for border security, said Mulvaney, who is to become Trump's acting chief of staff in January.

Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer said Mr Trump "threw a temper tantrum and convinced House Republicans to push our nation into a destructive Trump shutdown in the middle of the holiday season".

Large sections of the federal government closed at 12:01am on Saturday in the third shutdown of Trump's 23 months in office.

However, an AP Fact Check found that USA arrests on the Mexican border jumped 78 percent in November from a year earlier to the highest level in Trump's presidency.

But on Friday, he said he hoped the shutdown would not last long. Trump promised during his successful presidential campaign in 2016 that Mexico would pay for the wall.

U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered the partial shutdown of the government after not receiving the US$5 billion needed to build the wall.

Dozens of national parks and monuments were closed Saturday.

President Donald Trump praises himself as "doing great" but also complains that "it's war every day" in the White House.

The President, determined to get $5 billion for his proposed border wall between the US and Mexico, has flip-flopped between taking credit for the shutdown and blaming Democrats.

The US Capitol is seen ahead of a possible partial government shutdown in Washington DC
Image A partial government shutdown would have been averted with a deal on spending

"The president wanted the shutdown, but he seems not to know how to get himself out of it", the Democratic leaders said. Prosecutors in NY said that Trump directed Cohen to make payments shortly before the 2016 election to two women who claimed they'd had affairs with Trump, in violation of campaign finance laws.

The House of Representatives and the Senate resumed discussions at noon on Saturday, but the latter chamber adjourned without a deal being reached.

The director's comment about the president's softening stance came less than 24 hours after a senior administration official insisted to reporters on Saturday that Congress give into Trump's demands, highlighting the unpredictable nature of Trump's negotiating style. The Mexican Government has said it would not fund the wall.

The White House said Trump would spend Christmas in Washington because of the shutdown and that his wife, first lady Melania Trump, would fly back from their Florida estate to spend the holiday with him.

Schumer has been an outspoken critic of the border wall and says he will not change his strategy due to the recent government shutdown. Obama they allowed for about $8 billion for border security.

"If they are not willing to work with the president, I think they are going to hear it from the American people in 2020", Graham said.

Some national parks have shuttered completely, but New York´s governor provided funding to keep the Statue of Liberty open.

Those being furloughed included almost everyone at NASA and 52,000 workers at the Internal Revenue Service. The remaining parts of the government, including the Defense Department, Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services, were already funded and won't be affected by the shutdown, nor with mandatory entitlement programs like Social Security payments. Also still functioning were the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Border Patrol and the Coast Guard. Merkley also appeared on ABC.

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He stressed that "with what happened we considered updating the security notice for Danish tourists traveling in Morocco". The last major one was in April 2011, when 17 people were killed in a restaurant bombing in Marrakech.

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