Trump says US government shutdown to last until agreement on border wall

President Trump whines about being 'all alone' over Christmas as government shutdown enters third day

"Nothing new on the shutdown".

He did not elaborate, but a Democratic aide granted anonymity to discuss the private talks said the White House offered $2.5 billion - an initial $2.1 billion plus $400 million Democrats called a "slush fund" for the president's other immigration priorities.

Monday and Tuesday, Christmas Eve and Christmas, respectively, are federal holidays, meaning the government would have been closed anyway.

That spurred Mnuchin to release a statement on Trump's behalf that the president did not believe he had the "right" to fire Powell. Chuck Schumer and the presumed incoming House speaker, Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

Americans were split sharply along party lines both on the Trump's performance regarding immigration as well as who'd be to blame for the shutdown-while Democrats mostly laid the blame on Trump, Republicans would generally blame the Democratic lawmakers or "everyone equally", according to a December 16-18 YouGov poll (pdf).

Trump said of the government shutdown, "It's a disgrace what's happening in our country".

The Federal Reserve is meant to be independent from the White House but Trump has trampled those barriers in his frustration at what he sees as the bank's harmful interest rate policies.

In a joint statement, House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY held Trump responsible for the shutdown - - as well as for the whirlwind week of controversy leading up to Christmas Day.

And yet, the President of the United States, unable to travel to Mar-a-Lago for a 16-day planned vacation, is stuck in the White House - only for optics - because he shut his own Republican-majority government down.

Good travel day Monday, flurries may fall in time for Christmas
He said the province already has snow on the ground with temperatures forecast to be minus 12C on Monday and minus 16C on Tuesday. On Christmas Day , the temperature is expected to fall slightly short of that, Vallier-Talbot said, hitting 35 or 36 degrees.

But while trying to pin the blame on Democrats, Mulvaney, speaking on "Fox News Sunday", acknowledged that Trump's hardline stand played a role.

Schumer's office said the parties remained "very far apart".

In his remarks at the White House, Trump took a similar approach.

In another tweet the markets noticed, the President suggested the Federal Reserve can not putt, using his own version of the golf saying that one "drives for show but putts for dough". That's when the two houses of the national legislature, the Congress, will meet again.

"I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security".

Mr. Trump has relented on his previous insistence that he wanted to build a "wall" on the southwest border, saying he now envisions the type of steel-slatted fence that was also built during the Obama and Bush administrations - and which many Democrats have voted to approve money for in the past. Together they spoke to children calling the NORAD Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve.

Senate negotiators are continuing talks behind the scenes with Democrats and Republicans.

Mick Mulvaney said it's very possible that the closure continues until January 3 when the new Congress convenes.

The government will remain closed over the public holidays on Monday and Tuesday, making Wednesday the first day the public could begin to feel the effects of reduced government services, Mulvaney said, cited by AP. It requires 420,000 employees to work without pay and an additional 380,000 employees to be sent home from work without pay, according to a fact sheet compiled by Senate Democrat staffers.

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