Trump invites congressional leaders to White House

02 January, 2019, 16:38 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Trump triggered the shutdown, which started on December 22, by insisting that US$5 billion for funding of the border wall be part of any spending measure.

Ever the fence straddler, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), is holding his cards close to the vest, wondering which way the wind is going to blow. "So, even if they did, it's immoral still".

"An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED", Trump tweeted Monday. "So imaginative! The problem is, without a Wall there can be no real Border Security - and our Country must finally have a Strong and Secure Southern Border!"

Trump used Twitter on the first day of 2019 to insult a retired USA commander in Afghanistan as a dumb loudmouth, sing the praises of an ultranationalist former aide and tell America to chill and "ENJOY THE RIDE".

Congressional Democrats have proposed a plan to end the partial shutdown of the USA government, but left out funding for the border wall that caused it for further discussion.

The president's long-standing desire for a wall led to a partial government shutdown earlier this month. "One more yes, but with me in office, I'll get it built, and Fast!"

He adds that, "A lot of people are looking to get their pay cheque, so I'm ready to go whenever they want".

"The biggest reaction still remains anxiety: When will this end?" said Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, a Democrat whose Northern Virginia district is home to tens of thousands of federal workers.

Some policy analysts were optimistic the shutdown could be near an end.

A coalition of advocacy groups, including the ACLU, sent Pelosi and Schumer a letter Friday opposing extending funding for the Department of Homeland Security for a full year, citing concerns that such an approach "clearly funds Trump's wall project and must be rejected". Members of Congress left Washington while Trump remained at the White House. "The president should take "yes" for an answer and go back to tweeting". "I think $1.6 billion has a nice ring to it", said outgoing Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn just prior to the shutdown. Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. "Our country is counting on you!" It was unclear whether the other leaders would participate, one source said.

So, here we sit on the eve of the 116th Congress.

The two-term administration of US President Barack Obama in 2013 saw a Republican Senate minority shutter the government for 16 days in failed attempts to block the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Three confidants of President Donald Trump, including his departing chief of staff, are indicating that the president's signature campaign pledge to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border would not be fulfilled as advertised. Whoever wins this battle will gain the public's perception of being "in charge" in Washington. But the rallying of supporters - and eventual winning of an election - based on unfulfillable promises (like Mexico paying for the wall) is at best an irresponsible action to which a candidate should ultimately be held accountable. But if Pelosi caves, she will be allowing something she has called "immoral" to happen.

Visitors take their pictures at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, as a partial government shutdown stretches into its third week. "And every day in this country, we get a reminder of that, and we're sick and exhausted of seeing the headlines". This is the time for Trump to dig in his heels. Kelly said, "To be honest, it's not a wall".



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