Federal employees working without pay and those now furloughed are getting their December 28 pay checks under a decision by the White House budget office since pay reflects work before December 21. "They can't. If we had a Wall, they wouldn't even try!" the president tweeted.
Vice President Mike Pence and Mulvaney met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Saturday, and "came down off of our $5 billion offer", the OMB director said.
During the 2013 government shutdown, President Barack Obama employed several messaging strategies to blame Republicans and defend the health-care law, including releasing a public letter to federal employees, holding a news conference at the White House, meeting with small-business owners and conducting interviews with regional television stations. "So we fully expected that until she's elected speaker and has locked that vote up, we don't expect to hear from the Democrats again".
Trump is now demanding $5 billion in funding for his proposed wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, but Democrats are only willing to give up to $1.6 billion for border security.
While Pelosi sips on festive cocktails served in coconut-cups, her staff are issuing press statements about how the Democrats will swiftly end the Trump Shutdown.
"If they can't do it before January 3, then we will do it", said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., incoming chairman of the Rules Committee.
But even that may be hard without a compromise because the Senate will remain in Republican hands and Trump's signature will be needed to turn any bill into law.
In a burst of early morning tweets on Friday, Trump said the alternative to funding his controversial wall project would be a total separation from Mexico - including making United States auto companies pull out their factories based on the other side of the frontier.
"I've had members come to me saying they are returning holiday and Christmas presents they bought because they are anxious about paying rent", National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon said in an interview Thursday.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reacted cautiously to Trump's threat to close the border, calling it an "internal affair of the USA government".
Some White House allies said the president was passing up a chance to set the terms of the debate at a time when his Democratic rivals have ceded the megaphone to him.
Pelosi and her lieutenants plan to pass a funding bill that could reopen the government as soon as new members are sworn in because they believe they have the upper hand in the shutdown fight, the website said.
Mulvaney also praised 'that steel slat fence that he sent the picture out, ' in reference to the border barrier Trump tweeted out with spiky points on top, saying experts consider it the 'ideal border barrier'.