Republican congressman tells Trump to use "his own funds" for a wall

On Dec. 21, however, the president tweeted out a drawing of a barrier made of steel slats, calling it "totally effective".

Nancy Pelosi is set to reclaim the speaker's gavel on Thursday, when Democrats take control of the House of Representatives. Trump still said "wall' for most of the last two years".

Meanwhile, then there are discrepancies over that word 'wall.' The president recently tweeted a picture of steel slats.

But the White House is already threatening to veto anything Democrats do. The outgoing Republican House majority passed a bill with Trump's wall funds that was not passed by the Senate, where Democratic votes are necessary for such legislation. But like the proposal now on the table, it did not meet Trump's border-wall demands.

The partial U.S. government shutdown will nearly certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year.

Pelosi has not heard formally from the White House since December 11, when she and Schumer had a contentious Oval Office meeting with the president, Democratic aides said.

An impasse over border security between Trump and Republican leadership and congressional Democrats has led to a partial government shutdown that's now in its second week.

The US government shutdown is slated to remain in place as 2018 draws to a close, with the White House saying on Sunday that President Donald Trump would not be reaching out to Democrats.

"He says he needs more, yet there's no plan (for) how the money is going to be spent or any analysis on what's most effective to secure the border", said Tester, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Homeland Security. During the campaign, Trump repeatedly said Mexico would pay for the wall. He said that Trump had given up on the idea of "a solid concrete wall early on in the administration".

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Pochettino was unhappy with how his team responded in the second half, admitting they made the mistake of thinking the game was over when they led 1-0.

Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, said on ABC's "This Week" that investment in Central America was one element of a "multi-faceted problem" that also requires funding border security.

"If he had said to me, 'Do it, or you're fired, '" Kelly insisted he would have resigned, later adding that he told Trump that "the last thing in my view that you need in the chief of staff is someone that looks at every issue through a political lens".

With a Democrat-controlled House and a Senate that was only able to pick up two seats, Trump's dreams of $5 billion in border security funding is looking unlikely.

Since the shutdown, Trump has been blaming Democrats.

There has been little direct contact between the sides during the stalemate, and Mr Trump did not ask Republicans, who hold a monopoly on power in Washington until January 3, to keep Congress in session.

Graham told CNN before his lunch with Trump that "there will never be a deal without wall funding". Gates are closed at some national parks, the government won't issue new federal flood insurance policies and in NY, the chief judge of Manhattan federal courts suspended work on civil cases involving USA government lawyers, including several civil lawsuits in which Trump himself is a defendant.

General John Kelly, who leaves the administration on Wednesday after a rocky 18-month tenure, broke with the president on key areas during an intriguing exit interview with The Los Angeles Times newspaper. The White House press office stopped disseminating his public schedule two weeks ago and did not respond to HuffPost queries about Trump's activities.

The Department of Homeland Security would be the only exception; it's the agency that oversees immigration.

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