On Friday night, Trump dined at Vice President Mike Pence's residence with Pence, incoming Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and adviser Jared Kushner, a White House aide said. He adds: "Some areas will be all concrete but the experts at Border Patrol prefer a Wall that is see through (thereby making it possible to see what is happening on both sides)". "I think the President's point is an important one, which is that he has stayed in Washington to negotiate border security and to get funding for DHS and ICE and CBP and, of course, enhanced border security, which Democrats, until he took over as president, were all in favor of".
His comments, the first to reference the children's deaths, came the same day Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was finishing a two-day visit to the southern USA border, where she said in a statement, "The system is clearly overwhelmed and we must work together to address this humanitarian crisis".
As always, Trump is inclined to believe that he's winning whenever he's dominating discourse with his opinions and behavior, however odd and reprehensible they may seem. "I'm not willing to do that".
"A lot of people in retrospect will say we should have accepted that", Leahy told reporters on December 19. "We're not going to do $25 billion and a DREAM Act with a pathway to citizenship".
Trump is dug in and isn't likely to accept the plan, which would provide $1.3 billion for border security on a pro-rated basis, though it couldn't be used for new fencing.
A White House official said Democratic Sen.
Democrats maintain that they have already presented the White House with three options to end the shutdown, none of which fund the wall, and insist that it's Mr Trump's move.
Along the same lines, White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway called discussion of the apparent contradiction "a silly semantic argument".
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Aside from what constitutes a wall, neither side appeared ready to budge off its negotiating position.
"We heard rumors that they could pass [into the United States]".
As far as the type of border security Trump is looking to get funded in a deal goes, Conway did not offer specifics but told Bash that "it's anything - it's all of the above".
On New Year's Eve, the government shutdown entered its ninth day with no clear indication that a deal between Trump and Democrats can be reached on the spending bill. "They say it's old technology - but so is the wheel".
The conflict centers on Trump's wish for a physical wall at the U.S. -Mexico border, but even the nature of that demand became freshly mired in controversy after John Kelly, the outgoing White House chief of staff, said the administration had long since moved away from the concrete barrier Trump has often described in rapturous terms.
Meanwhile, then there are discrepancies over that word 'wall.' The president recently tweeted a picture of steel slats.
Trump says a wall is needed along the whole border to keep out migrants trying to enter the country illegally, casting them as an "invasion" force of unsafe criminals.