Trump Refutes Outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly’s Wall Comment: ‘NEVER ABANDONED’

Trump Refutes Outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly’s Wall Comment: ‘NEVER ABANDONED’

Trump Refutes Outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly’s Wall Comment: ‘NEVER ABANDONED’

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.

Democrats' legislation to reopen government, which has been partially shut down for 10 days, is expected to be filed Monday afternoon.

Fox News has learned that behind the scenes this weekend, several senators are discussing a new potential compromise to end the ongoing partial federal government shutdown. It marked the starkest admission yet by the president's inner circle that his signature campaign pledge, which sparked fervent chants of "build that wall" during Trump's rallies and is now at the center of a budgetary standoff, would not be fulfilled as advertised.

"What happened was Jeff Sessions, he was the one that instituted the zero-tolerance process on the border that resulted in both people being detained and the family separation", Kelly said. Richard Shelby, who chairs the Appropriations Committee that is responsible for the funding, said on CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday.

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. "I'm just asking people to sit down and rearrange the deal that was offered before".

"He's in the - he's in the White House". He emerged suggesting that the president might win over Democrats by trading wall funding for an extension of legal status for certain immigrants whom Trump has threatened to deport.

A White House official said Democratic Sen.

Bipartisan compromise will be a requirement for any legislation in the next two years.

Negotiations on lifting that partial government shutdown, perhaps by providing some border security funding, have sputtered out and no new debate is scheduled before next Wednesday.

His plan would give $5 billion for the border wall in exchange for renewable work permits for Dreamers. Even the Trumpiest of Trumpsters, White House "counselor" Kellyanne Conway tried to bail him out, saying the whole discussion was "semantics".

Outgoing White House chief John Kelly said in an interview published Sunday that he had "nothing but compassion" for undocumented migrants crossing into the U.S., and undercut President Donald Trump's claims to be building a "wall" at the Mexico border.

"An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED, as has been reported by the media", Trump said on Twitter, without mentioning his outgoing chief of staff, John Kelly. The outgoing Kelly said he had "nothing but compassion" for undocumented migrants crossing into the US and undercut the idea of a border wall in an interview on Sunday that jarred with Trump's tough rhetoric on immigration.

Democrats have remained committed to blocking Mr Trump's priority, and with neither side budging, the effect of the partial shutdown was set to spread and to extend into the new year. And while it passed in the House it failed in the Senate where Republicans don't have enough votes to pass it without Democratic support. Lawmakers will be given 24 hours' notice if there's a breakthrough that would require a vote. Lawmakers will be given 24 hours notice if there's a breakthrough that would require a vote.If the standoff continues, all workers in the nine departments and dozens of agencies affected by the closure will miss their next paycheck on January 11.

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

The second bill would reopen and fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) only on a short-term basis. Trump late Friday issued an executive order freezing pay for federal employees in 2019. "One more yes, but with me in office, I'll get it built, and Fast!"

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