SPOTTED: Pelosi Relaxes During Gov't Shutdown at Expensive Hawaii Resort

Trump threatens to shut down border as government funding stalemate drags

The shutdown, which began December 22, affects nine of 15 federal departments, dozens of agencies and hundreds of thousands of workers.

The shutdown has now entered its second week as Trump continues to hold out for billions of dollars of funding for his border wall, something which Democrats have insisted they will not provide.

Pelosi vowed shortly after the partial government shutdown that when she presumably assumes her speakership of the House, Democrats would put forth legislation attempting to open the government without any of the president's demands. "Now he's canceled his plans for New Year's", Mulvaney said.

In a burst of early morning tweets on Friday, Trump said the alternative to funding his controversial wall project would be a total separation from Mexico - including making United States auto companies pull out their factories based on the other side of the frontier.

The president has canceled his New Year's Eve plans at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer remain on vacation. "No", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said earlier this month.

On Twitter, Trump has blamed Democrats for the partial shutdown, which is now on its seventh day. Republican leadership could play a game of "pin the deal on the donkey" and use the new House speaker as an out to strike an agreement that would have been politically untenable under Republican control - like settling for less money - all the while blaming it on Pelosi.

He then argued that Pelosi was cornered into her position by her own need to prevail on the House floor January 3 when she must stand for speaker.

Democrats and some Republicans view the wall as a costly, unneeded and ineffective project, but some Republicans support the idea and back Trump's demand for $5bn in partial funding.

According to sources familiar with the matter, Pence proposed spending $2.5 billion on border security, including the wall, in a stopgap spending bill during his Friday and Saturday meetings with Schumer on Capitol Hill last week.

"We don't think they will [negotiate] until after the new Congress is sworn in", he said. Experts have warned that cutting off aid money to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras could actually exacerbate the problem by worsening the poverty and violence that push many migrants to leave those countries.

Trump has threatened to close the border in October and November over a caravan of about 4,000 people from Central America who were traveling to the border.

He has also repeatedly threatened to cut off US aid to countries he deems insufficient partners in combating illegal immigration, but has thus far failed to follow through with those threats. "We do not want to be rash", he said.

He's made similar threats in the past without following through, and it is Congress, not the president, that appropriates aid money.

Asked about Trump's border-closing threat, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told reporters it was an internal USA government matter.

"We are not giving up on that - it's why the government is closed, ' Mulvaney said".

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