Mulvaney: $5B Border Wall Demand 'Came Down,' But Dems Walked Out

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The House passed a stopgap funding bill on December 20 that included $5.7 billion to construct a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border, however, with a 51-seat majority, Republicans fell short of the necessary 60 votes needed to send it to President Donald Trump's desk for signature.

Tweeting and watching Fox News in his spacious, lonely abode Friday, the USA president also used his alone time to threaten the closure of the southern border altogether if the "obstructionist" Democrats do not allow his granite-colored spikes to see the light of day. It also is beginning to pinch citizens who count on public services.

White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on "Fox & Friends" that Trump is also nixing his plans for New Year's because of the shutdown.

Pelosi, who has put blame squarely on President Donald Trump for the current government shutdown, was spotted Thursday vacationing in Hawaii at the Fairmont Orchid resort, where room accommodations range from $899-a-night for a standard room to $4,899-a-night for the presidential suite.

The wall, on the US-Mexico border, was a big part of Trump's election campaign.

Both chambers of Congress convened for just a few minutes on Thursday, before adjourning until next week. Negotiations continue between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill, but there's only so much Congress can do without the president.

That sets up a struggle upfront when Democrats take control of the House on January 3.

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel Luís Obrador (AMLO) said Friday that his country is "always seeking a good relationship with the United States".

"Everyone agrees that what we can and should be building on that southern border is that steel barrier that the president tweeted out".

Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill added that Democrats united against the wall and won't seriously consider any White House offer unless Trump backs it publicly because he "has changed his position so many times".

Then, members of the Democrat-run House and the Republican-led Senate will have to get to work on figuring out how to fund the remaining portions of the federal government that weren't covered by those bills.

"While we await the President's public proposal, Democrats have made it clear that, under a House Democratic Majority, we will vote swiftly to re-open government on Day One", Hammill said in a statement.

Pelosi slammed Trump on Twitter during the Christmas holiday, claiming his holding out to get border funding is harming Americans.

"We don't think they will [negotiate] until after the new Congress is sworn in", he said. He also threatened to cut off USA aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, among countries he deems have not done enough to combat illegal immigration.