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Trump said he will take US-Mexico relations back to the days before NAFTA opened free trade across Canada Mexico and US

Negotiations on lifting that partial government shutdown, perhaps by providing some border security funding, have sputtered out and no new debate is scheduled before next Wednesday.

No progress is being reported on ending the partial closure that began December 22 and entered its seventh day Friday.

At the heart of the stalemate is Trump's demand for $5 billion in funding for his proposed wall at the U.S. -Mexico border. After the Senate failed to sign the bill following approval by the lower chamber, the U.S. government went into a partial shutdown.

If Trump's standoff with Democrats over a wall at the US-Mexico border continues, all workers in the nine departments and dozens of agencies affected by the closure will miss their next paycheck on January 11. "Congress should be doing everything in its power to get the government up and running again".

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.

"For the White House to try and blame anyone but the president for this shutdown doesn't pass the laugh test", said Justin Goodman, a spokesman for Schumer. In an interview with USA Today before Christmas, Pelosi accused Trump of using "scare tactics" to build support for the border wall.

"Call it anything", he added, "barrier, fence, I won't say the "w" word". "We do not want to be rash", he said.

There's little indication of any imminent agreement to resolve the standoff as the new Congress is set to convene next week. Democrats said the White House offered $2.5 billion for border security, but that Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told Vice President Mike Pence it wasn't acceptable.

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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. The Senate and House held brief sessions on Thursday but took no votes.

"We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with", Trump said in a morning tweet.

No votes were scheduled this week in the House or Senate as congressional leaders agreed to not bring a bill to the floor unless it was agreed to between Democrats and President Trump.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., returned to their home states. No moves were made to end the continuing impasse, which has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers either on unpaid leave or not knowing when they'll be paid.

On Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen embarked on a two-day tour of border stations in El Paso, Texas, and Yuma, Ariz., in the wake of the deaths of two migrant children who were detained by DHS after traveling from Guatemala.

Independent agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, are also affected.

As talks with Schumer ground to a stop and almost 800,000 federal workers wonder how long they might be going without paychecks, White House officials have slowly turned their public relations efforts toward Pelosi. "And the president must exercise the decorum expected from the White House - even from his Twitter account".

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