WASHINGTON (AP) – A senior White House official signaled on Sunday that President Donald Trump is willing to accept less money than he asked for building a US-Mexico border wall, but a senior Congressman said so during his own offer You could be sweetened, you still will not agree to a wall.
The back and forth over the TV channels left little hope that the closure of some federal government operations at Christmas will end later this week, as House and Senate are scheduled to meet again.
Indeed, the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, warned that the closure could last into January when a new Congress sits.
Mulvaney, who also heads the White House budget department, said he was waiting for an answer from Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York after the government introduced Schumer on Saturday with a counter-offer in the long-running dispute over the financing of the Wall.
Mul vaney dismissed details, but placed the offer between Trump's $ 5.7 billion claim and $ 1
"We have gone from the five and we hope they rise from 1.3," Mulvaney said.
Director's comment less than 24 hours after a senior government official insisted the journalist insist Congress surrender to Trump's demands, highlighting the unpredictable nature of Trump's negotiating style.
Sen. Instead, Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Argued for strengthening the use of technology along the border rather than "building a medieval wall".
Asked if he is willing to raise the price, as long as the money is not spent on money laundering Wall replied Durbin: "Absolutely."
A stalemate over the Wall resulted in parts of the government being closed on Saturday after funding for many departments and agencies had expired. The closure, which affects hundreds of thousands of federal workers across the country, is expected to continue at least until the end of this week, after Parliament and the Senate met on a rare weekend that was postponed until Thursday.
Monday and Tuesday. Christmas Eve or Christmas are federal holidays, ie the federal government would already be closed. Wednesday is the first day that the public can begin to feel the effects of a stalemate, Mulvaney said.
He expected that it could go into January, when the Democrats would take control of the house, based on their medium-term electoral gains.
It is very possible that this shutdown will go into the new congress beyond the 28th, "Mulvaney said.
Justin Goodman, a spokesman for Schumer, replied," When the director says Mulvaney, the Trump Shutdown will last until the new year, believe it because it's their closure.
The Democrats held on Sunday against a wall that promised Trump that his political base would be built. Mulvaney said that "the president will not accept money for a border wall."
Trump was met with opposition from some Republicans. Tennessee retired Senator Bob Corker, who has criticized Trump on other issues, called the fight to finance the border wall a "fictional battle" so that the president could look like he was fighting. "
" This is something unnecessary. It is a spectacle. And frankly, it's teen. The whole thing is youthful, "Corker said in an argument for real action that he claims will make the border better than a wall.
Trump tweeted on Sunday, the second day of the shutdown, that" a well-functioning WALL is needed that works "No air drones or other measures that are" wonderful and fun ", but not the answer to drugs, gangs, human trafficking and other criminal elements entering the country.
Across the country The Statue of Liberty remained open for visits thanks to the state of New York, and the US Postal Service, an independent agency, was still providing mail.
But the routines of 800,000 state employees were about to be disrupted More than half are considered essential and are expected to work without pay, with retroactive pay expected Another 380,000 should be dismissed, which means they will not report at work but will be paid later. Laws that ensure that workers receive wages were expected to release Congress.
Trump stayed in Washington for Christmas because of the deadlock, the White House said.
With the Democrats taking control of the house on January 3, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Who withdrew from Congress, the Conservative majority was shutting down the new Congress last breath.
Trump had enjoyed the prospect of a shutdown over the wall. He recently said he was "proud" to shut down the government and withdrew his promise not to hold the Democrats responsible for the closure.
He pledged to build the Wall and force Mexico to pay for it. Mexico has refused.
Schumer and Vice President Mike Pence met on Saturday at the request of the White House, according to Schumers office. However, the Senator's spokesman said that they were "very far apart" in an expenditure agreement.
Schumer said the "Trump shutdown" could end immediately if the president gave up the wall.
The Democrats said they are open to suggestions that do not. This includes the wall, which according to Schumer was too costly and ineffective. They offered to maintain border fence and other collateral at $ 1.3 billion.
Senators earlier this week agreed to a cross-party agreement to keep the government open until February and provide $ 1.3 billion for border security projects. However, when Trump was seeing conservative critics "vilify" an election pledge, he urged parliament to approve a package that temporarily funded the government but also provided $ 5.7 billion for the border wall.
The deadlock blocked money for nine out of fifteen cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including Homeland Security, Transportation, Home Affairs, Agriculture, State and Justice.
Fans included almost all of NASA and 52,000 Internal Revenue Service workers. It was expected that many national parks will be closed.
The Pentagon and Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services departments are among those fully funded by Congress and will function as usual. The FBI, the Border Patrol, and the Coast Guard were still functional.
Transport Security Authority officials are still present at airport checkpoints and air traffic controllers.
Mulvaney appeared on "Fox News Sunday" and ABC's "This Week." Durbin talked about NBC's "Meet the Press," and Corker was interviewed on CNN's "State of the Union."