Mexico wall: Trump aide says concrete wall idea was dropped early on

Mexico wall: Trump aide says concrete wall idea was dropped early on

Before leaving, he gave a rare interview to the LA Times, published on Sunday, in which he called the role a "bone-crushing hard job". "There may be a wall in some places", she said, "there may be steel slats, there may be technological enhancements". The White House abandoned the concept of a "solid concrete wall early on in the administration", he said. On Friday night, Trump dined at Vice President Mike Pence's residence with Pence, incoming Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and adviser Jared Kushner, a White House aide said.

"In a tweet Sunday, Trump referred to the "#SchumerShutdown", prompting pushback from the office of Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

Graham told reporters he presented Trump with the idea for a "potential breakthrough" on budget talks during their two-hour lunch at the White House on Sunday.

"And negotiation by definition has to include both sides", Conway said.

Congress is in recess for the New Year's holiday but will reopen on Thursday, while Trump has stayed in the White House through the year-end festivities, shelving his annual vacation to his private Florida golf resort amid the impasse.

The House is preparing to vote as soon as the new Congress convenes on Thursday, as one of the first acts after Democrats take control, according to an aide who was not authorised to discuss the plan and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump has latched particularly on to what have become known as the "caravans" - groups of several hundred or even more migrants who make epic treks across Central America and Mexico to try to reach the United States.

"Democrats are not going to give us any money for a wall, border security, without getting something themselves", Graham said.

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"Secretary (Kirstjen) Nielsen and I have directed that we do medical checks of children 17 and under as they come into our process", CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told ABC News. It marked the starkest admission yet by the president's inner circle that his signature campaign pledge, which sparked fervent chants of "build that wall" during Trump's rallies and is now at the center of a budgetary standoff, would not be fulfilled as advertised.

Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer say they won't consider offers that Trump hasn't endorsed, after he unexpectedly rejected a spending bill that passed the Senate unanimously before the December 21 fiscal deadline.

Trump does not want to settle for less than $5 billion in funding for the border wall. The Senate unanimously approved an extension of Homeland Security through February 8 before the shutdown began, only to see the bill die in the House after Trump rejected the plan.

But Graham said there would never be a government spending deal that did not include money for a wall or other physical barriers on the southern border.

The bills the Democrats will propose are expected to pass the House easily, given that Democrats will have a majority of 40 seats.

"I campaigned on Border Security, which you can not have without a strong and powerful Wall", he said.

The retired Marine general said Trump often pressed him on his legal authority to do certain actions, asking, "Why can't we do [something] this way?"

- Grand bargain: Earlier this year, Schumer and Trump attempted to craft a deal on immigration that would have provided $25 billion for the wall in exchange for a path to citizenship for so-called Dreamers, young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children.

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