Pelosi hits Hawaii resort while Trump visits Iraq

Pelosi hits Hawaii resort while Trump visits Iraq

Pelosi hits Hawaii resort while Trump visits Iraq

President Donald Trump threatened Friday to seal off the US-Mexico border "entirely" if Congress does not approve billions of dollars in funding for a wall.

In a Friday morning tweetstorm, the president blamed "obstructionist Democrats" for not funding the wall, despite having Republican control of both houses of Congress until Democrats take over the House in 2019.

He said the USA lost "soooo much money on Trade with Mexico under NAFTA, over 75 Billion Dollars a year (not including Drug Money which would be many times that amount), that I would consider closing the Southern Border a "profit making operation".

Congress adjourned for the week without a resolution in sight.

The shutdown is forcing hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contractors to stay home or work without pay.

U.S. President Donald Trump dons a hard hat presented by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) before addressing their convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 2, 2018.

The president then reiterated his threat to close the border if wall funding isn't secured, and added that his administration would also cut off foreign aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador for taking money from the US while not preventing its citizens from migrating to America in caravans. Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said he expected the shutdown to go on for a while, but revealed the president has come down from his initial demand of $5 billion to build the wall.

The Senate held a pro-forma session Thursday.

Opponents, especially in the Democratic party but also some in Trump's Republican party, say that a physical wall is impractical and that the idea is being used as a political tool to whip up xenophobia in Trump's right-wing voter base.

"The White House did tell us very early on to consider presidential tweets official statements, which means even when they're not fully cogent or cooked".

This, of course, came in tandem with numerous anti-Democrat, pro-wall tweets about how much the USA "looses [sic]" in trade with Mexico and how little positive press he receives from said "Fake News" outlets.

Democrats brushed off the White House's attempt to cast blame. Where is Nancy Pelosi?

As he did Thursday, Trump remained out of public view on Friday.

Trump had said during his campaign that Mexico would pay for his promised wall, but Mexico refuses to do so. 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.

"We take great care of the relationship with the government of the United States", Lopez Obrador said.

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

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