Gerry Connolly warns 'delusional' Trump's border closure would be a disaster

Arturo Kim
December 29, 2018

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". Spokeswoman Molly Block says the EPA will implement its shutdown plan at midnight Friday. The president's observation that federal workers are more Democratic than Republican serves no argumentative objective; it is, ostensibly, a mere expression of exasperation at his rivals' perseverance (one reminiscent of another infamous spoiler of the Christmas season).

Also running short on money: the Smithsonian Institution, which said its museums and galleries popular with visitors and locals in the capital will close starting midweek if the partial shutdown drags on.

Trump had said during his campaign that Mexico would pay for his promised wall, but Mexico refuses to do so. Now Democratic leaders are adamant that they will not authorize money for the project, calling it wasteful and ineffective.

"We are far apart", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told CBS on Friday, claiming of Democrats, "They've left the table all together". Experts have warned that cutting off aid money to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras could actually exacerbate the problem by worsening the poverty and violence that push many migrants to leave those countries.

Mulvaney, who serves as White House budget director, said he believes Schumer is willing to come to an agreement on border security funds, but Pelosi is holding up a deal.

Failing to bridge the impasse, Trump tweeted that the dispute was not about the effectiveness of the wall as a method of curbing illegal immigration and more about what he said was Democrats' preoccupation with not letting him or the Republicans "have a win".

Democrats have offered support for $1.3 billion in funding for general border security, but have long opposed the building of a wall. It was also not guaranteed that Trump would settle for that amount.

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When the Democrats officially take over the House on January 3, Pelosi is expected to get final approval as the next speaker of the House.

Mulvaney said Schumer was "really interested in doing a deal and coming to some sort of compromise" but he understood that Pelosi was at risk of losing the speakership of the House if she went along.

"We are not giving up on that - it's why the government is closed, ' Mulvaney said".

Pelosi has struggled to get the votes she needs to become speaker.

Despite the president's change of plans to ring in the new year from the White House, Taylor said he still plans to parade the rat around Mar-a-Lago and South Florida, by both land and sea. But that alone won't solve the shutdown, absent Senate approval and Trump's signature.

At the heart of the stalemate is Trump's demand for $5 billion in funding for his proposed wall at the U.S. -Mexico border.

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