Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office could not provide any predictions about how the Senate would proceed on the legislation, but said that the Senate would not deliver anything to the President that he would not sign. The White House would have to notify Congress if it wanted to cut or reallocate aid, which could delay or complicate the process.
Graham's use of the term "metaphor" might be a strategy to give the president a way out of his ultimatum to Congress, which was to give him billions of dollars for his wall or he won't sign a spending bill to reopen the government. "I have nothing but compassion for them, the young kids", Kelly told the LA Times adding that many had been manipulated by traffickers. The GOP-controlled Senate will not be advancing a bill on the issue that does not have President Trump's backing. Democrats dismissed the $400 million as a "slush fund" that could be used to mistreat migrants, and they called the offer hollow because Trump hadn't publicly endorsed it.
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.
According to a Democratic leadership aide, the legislation will include the full-year appropriations for six of the seven outstanding funding bills and stop-gap funding until February 8 for the Department of Homeland Security, which is where the fight over President Trump's demand for $5.7 billion in border wall funding is contained. Republicans will have a stronger majority in the Senate then but it will not be enough to pass any controversial legislation without Democratic support. The others would also keep border funds at current levels, without wall money, but for the remainder of the fiscal year, though September 30. The House will quickly elect Nancy Pelosi as its new speaker, and approve a package of Democratic-designed rules for the chamber that will govern its operations over the next two years. If approved, the bills would go to the Senate. 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.
"Our negotiations are at an impasse at the moment", said Sen.
But as the shutdown drags on, pressure is expected to build on all sides for a resolution, as public parks and museums close, and some 800,000 federal workers are going without pay. He quickly learned that even the most vulnerable senators from states Trump won in 2016, while favoring border security, did not want to spend the money on the wall.
"An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED, as has been reported by the media", the president said.
Graham said he pitched Trump on a possible deal "that would include around $5 billion for border security slash wall slash fencing - whatever you want to call it, in areas that make sense - and deal with another problem that's looming".
Mr Kelly's statement marked the starkest admission yet by the President's inner circle that Mr Trump's signature campaign pledge, which sparked fervent chants of "build that wall" during rallies, would not be fulfilled as advertised.
"To be honest, it's not a wall", Kelly said in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. Its government and diplomats have made clear they do not intend for Mexico to pay for the wall. "But always saying wall or no wall is being very disingenuous and turning a complete blind eye to what is a crisis at the border". But a previous attempt to reach a compromise that addressed the status of Dreamers broke down past year as a result of escalating White House demands.
A former Marine general who led the military command responsible for Latin America, Kelly was Trump's Homeland Security secretary before becoming White House chief of staff in July past year.
The U.S. government has been partially shut down for about a week amid the absence of a spending bill that addresses the border wall funding demanded by President Trump.
"Jeb Bush just talked about my border proposal to build a 'fence, '" he tweeted.