Kelly's Interview 'Unprecedented,' Says Expert on White House Chiefs of Staff

Kelly's Interview 'Unprecedented,' Says Expert on White House Chiefs of Staff

Kelly's Interview 'Unprecedented,' Says Expert on White House Chiefs of Staff

The planned vote sets up a Democratic showdown with Trump's fellow Republicans on an issue dear to the president on the first day of divided government in Washington since he took office in January 2017 with a Congress led by his own party.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

This detail emerged in a revealing "exit interview" that former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly provided to the Los Angeles Times which was published over the weekend.

"Nancy Pelosi's newest funding proposal doesn't represent any serious attempt to secure our border or find a compromise", Meadows wrote on Twitter, adding that the plan was "a non-starter and will not be a legitimate answer to this impasse".

However, University of Pittsburgh Professor of International Relations Michael Brenner told Sputnik that the Democrats were failing to take full advantage of Trump's extremism in threatening to critically damage the functioning of the U.S. national government.

With no deal, one quarter of the federal government will remain closed and 800,000 employees will either stay home or work without pay.

Trump - who said in a meeting with Democratic leaders earlier this month he would be proud to shut down the government - has blamed Democrats for the partial closure.

The partial USA government shutdown extended into the new year Tuesday with no signs of progress toward a spending deal between Congress and President Donald Trump as the effects of the 11-day-old stalemate become increasingly visible.

As the partial shutdown drags on and federal workers feel the pinch, some lawmakers have suggested that funds for a physical barrier on the border could be coupled with other immigration measures favored by Democrats, such as legal status for so-called Dreamers, young immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children.

"We attach high (75 percent) odds on the White House and new Congress resolving differences to the government shutdown next week", said Charles Gabriel, an analyst at policy research and strategy firm Capital Alpha Partners.

Once Democrats gain majority in the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi is likely to be sworn in as the next Speaker of the House.

"It's simple: The Senate is not going to send something to the president that he won't sign", Stewart said. That bill would fund Homeland Security through February 8 at current levels, which does not include money for a border wall. A recent poll conducted by Reuters indicated that President Trump is bearing the brunt of the blame with the public for the shutdown; however, the three most recent government shutdowns appear to have not been major factors in the 2010, 2014, and 2018 elections. It would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to September 30. "The legislation would continue existing levels of border funding without giving President Trump the new wall money he is seeking". The bills have all passed Senate committees on a bipartisan basis. They need 60 votes to accomplish that objective, which would require some Democratic support.

- Federal employees working without pay and those now furloughed got their December 28 paychecks under a decision by the White House budget office because pay reflects work before December 21.

During a television interview Sunday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway chided Trump critics for focusing on the word "wall".

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