John Kelly embarrasses Donald Trump in White House exit interview

US Democrats Seek to End Shutdown Without Trump Wall Funds

Trump, however, is still insisting that any deal include billions of dollars to fund his long-stalled southern border wall.

According to Politico, House Democrats plan to immediately pass a two-part funding measure; one that would fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 8th, and one that would fund the rest of the government through the end of the current fiscal year.

Democrats formally take control of the House from the Republicans after winning a majority of seats in November's congressional elections.

"I'm in Washington. I'm ready, willing and able", Trump told Fox News.

On Monday, Trump tweeted that he is "not giving up" on funding for the wall, adding that he has "no choice" but to continue the government shutdown, suspending payment for hundreds of thousands of government employees, including critical air travel and Coast Guard security branches.

Despite his campaign promise and years of criticizing Democrats on the issue of border security, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released last Thursday found that more Americans blame Trump rather than Democrats for the ongoing government shutdown. He also said the compromise should include changes in federal law to discourage people from trying to enter the USA illegally.

As Trump continues taunting the Opposition but refuses to say whether he will sign on anything at all, it's already 10 days since 800,000 workers have been flung onto thin ice, with no word on when they'll get their next wage.

"It would be the height of irresponsibility and political cynicism for Senate Republicans to now reject the same legislation they have already supported", Schumer and Pelosi said in their statement.

And on Monday afternoon it emerged that some of the most famous national parks in the western U.S. are closing partially because of problems such as overflowing public toilets and garbage facilities, vandalism to fragile areas and resulting dangers to human and wildlife safety.

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Republicans appear to be preparing the ground for Individual 1 to back down to congressional Democrats with some integrity intact. The president shut down the government, demanding $5 billion for his border wall but Democrats have refused to meet the demand.

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The government has been partially shut down since Congress was unable to reach a funding deal on December 21st. "So imaginative! The problem is, without a Wall there can be no real Border Security".

"To be honest, it's not a wall".

Trump tweeted Monday to Democrats to "come back from vacation now and give us the votes necessary for Border Security, including the Wall".

The White House did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the House proposal.

Democrats have vowed to pass legislation restoring the government as soon as they take control of the House on Thursday, but that won't accomplish anything unless Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate go along with it.

"But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration, when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it."

Pence made Democrats an offer that lowered proposed spending on the wall, but they rejected it in part because it included what they called a $400,000 "slush fund" that Trump could have spent on other immigration priorities. When he spoke to Pete Hegseth on Monday night, Trump blasted the "pure obstruction" while talking up the border wall as a crucial element of national security.

White House officials, including Trump's departing chief of staff John Kelly have exposed the inner workings behind Trump's signature campaign pledge to build the wall. "A $1.3 billion Democrat wish list that includes zero money for a border barrier is a non-starter and will not be a legitimate answer to this impasse".

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