Published: Sat, December 29, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Mexico’s President Responds With Amity to Trump’s Hostile Tweets

Mexico’s President Responds With Amity to Trump’s Hostile Tweets

As a partial government shutdown stretches into another day with no end in sight, President Donald Trump threatened Friday to close the southern US border with Mexico over wall funding. Trump has signaled he welcomes the fight as he heads toward his own bid for re-election in 2020.

President Donald Trump greets members of the five branches of the military by video conference on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in the Oval Office of the White House.

Incoming acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Trump had canceled his plans to travel to Florida to celebrate New Year's at his private Mar-a-Lago club. No moves were made to end the continuing impasse, which has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers either on unpaid leave or not knowing when they'll be paid. Gates are closed at some national parks, new farm loans will be put on hold beginning next week, and in NY, the chief judge of Manhattan federal courts suspended work on civil cases involving US government lawyers, including several civil lawsuits in which Trump himself is a defendant.

The Smithsonian museums - among the most visited in the world - have remained open during the shutdown but will need to close if no deal can be reached by Wednesday.

The shutdown affects about 800,000 employees of the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Agriculture, Commerce, and other agencies. The President has requested $5 billion to pay for the wall. So what happens when Democrats take over the House on Jan 3 and when Rep. Nancy Pelosi takes the speaker's gavel as expected?

"Hard to believe there was a Congress & president who would approve!" he added.

"Nancy Pelosi can not be seen by her party as being weak on negotiating with Donald Trump".

In November, Trump threatened to close the "whole border" with Mexico if "it gets to a level where we're going to lose control or people are going to start getting hurt".

During the brief session in the House, Republicans shot down a Democratic attempt to vote on legislation to reopen the government.

The government has been partially shut down since Saturday.

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.

"We sat down with (Chuck) Schumer and gave him a number below five".

Trump long promised that Mexico would pay for the wall, but Mexico refuses to do so. "We will be cutting off all aid to these 3 countries - taking advantage of USA for years!"

Trump also claimed he would cut off aid to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala for "doing nothing for the United States but taking our money".

And it is Congress, not the president, which appropriates aid money.

"Pelosi, who has put blame squarely on President Donald Trump for the current government shutdown, was spotted Thursday vacationing in Hawaii at the Fairmont Orchid resort, where room accommodations range from $899-a-night for a standard room to $4,899-a-night for the presidential suite", the report said.

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