"A lot of people are looking to get their pay checks", the president said of government workers who will not be paid during the funding lapse, which began on December 22. The temporary measure would maintain the current $1.3 billion in border security money. "You see, without the Wall there can be no Border Security - the Tech "stuff" is just, by comparison, meaningless bells & whistles", Trump continued moments later.
"If Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans refuse to support the first bill, then they are complicit with President Trump in continuing the Trump shutdown and in holding the health and safety of the American people and workers' paychecks hostage over the wall", Schumer and Pelosi said in their statement. -Mexican border, claiming Mexico would pay for it.
Democrats plan to put the ball back in Trump's court immediately on Thursday by passing a general spending bill which would allow the government to reopen fully, but would not include extra wall construction money, USA media reports said.
"Illegal immigrants, overwhelmingly, are not bad people", Mr Kelly said, describing many of them as victims misled by traffickers.
While the president is unlikely to pledge any of his personal wealth to fulfill a campaign promise, may of supporters appear more than happy to do so.
Outgoing chief of staff John Kelly told the Los Angeles Times in an interview last week that the idea of a concrete wall was dropped by the administration early in 2018 for a fence or another kind of barrier.
House Democrats have unveiled a package of bills that would re-open the federal government without approving funding for President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico, establishing an early confrontation that will test the new power dynamic in Washington.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) met with the president Sunday to pitch a solution he says will appeal to both parties.
In a series of tweets on Friday, Trump again threatened to close the entire U.S. -Mexico border and cut aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador if Congress failed to give him money to fund the wall.
As The Post's Fact Checker notes, the Obamas added security fencing to a retaining wall in front of the home (it is not a compound) for the needs of the Secret Service.
Trump, who campaigned on building a "big, handsome wall" on the border with Mexico, showed no sign of backing down, however.
House Democrats have prepared two bills aimed at ending the partial government shutdown, according to Democratic House aides, but neither is expected to include any new money for President Trump's border wall.
The shutdown, which has forced furloughs of hundreds of thousands of federal government employees, has left many parks without most of their rangers.
The White House did not comment Monday on House Democrats' plan. In January, Kelly drew Trump's ire by telling congressional Democrats the president had "evolved" on the wall and was not "fully informed" when he made it a campaign issue.