GOP and Democrats trade blame for shutdown, no deal in sight

Nearly one week in where things stand on the partial government shutdown

More Americans blame President Donald Trump than congressional Democrats for the partial USA government shutdown ... forty-seven percent of adults hold Trump responsible, while 33 percent blame Democrats in Congress, according to the December 21-25 poll, conducted mostly after the shutdown began.

In a series of tweets, Trump said he would close the border "entirely" if Democrats "do not give us the money to finish the Wall (sic) and also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country (sic) is saddled with".

The threat yet again upped the ante in a political row that has led to a partial shutdown of the U.S. government and seems set to dominate the start to the third year of Trump's presidency. It also is beginning to pinch citizens who count on public services. Democrats refuse to approve funding and the president - who has made hardline immigration polices a centerpiece of his presidency - has retaliated by refusing to sign off on a wider spending bill, leaving some 800,000 federal employees without pay. In an appearance on Fox News, Mulvaney said that the president had "canceled his plans for Christmas, and now he's canceled his plan for New Year's".

Sons of Anarchy star, Danny Trejo, finds President Trump's border wall plan to be a waste of money.

A spokesman for U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Thursday that Republicans and Democrats were still very far apart in efforts to resolve the partial government shutdown, which started on Saturday.

Mulvaney called on Democrats to come back to the negotiating table to see if a deal can be reached at a number between their $1.3 billion offer and Trump's $5 billion demand.

He then argued that Pelosi was cornered into her position by her own need to prevail on the House floor January 3 when she must stand for speaker.

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

Democrats will not consider any offers that have not been publicly endorsed by Trump himself, he said.

"We don't think they will [negotiate] until after the new Congress is sworn in", he said.

As he did Thursday, Trump remained out of public view on Friday. He also threatened to cut off US aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, among countries he deems have not done enough to combat illegal immigration.

The Republican president also reiterated threats to cut off all U.S. aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, which he said were not doing anything to stop the flow of migrants toward the United States.

Rep. Gerry Connolly on Friday warned President Trump that following through on a threat to close the southern border would be a disaster - both economically and politically.

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