Trump, Dems Maintain Stalemate Over Border Wall, Shutdown

Sen. Pat Roberts, right, walks past a U.S. Capitol police officer in the empty hallways of Capitol Hill in Washington on Monday, Dec. 24. Roberts was on Capitol Hill for a pro forma session, a brief meeting of the Senate only a few minutes in duration. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Sen. Pat Roberts, right, walks past a U.S. Capitol police officer in the empty hallways of Capitol Hill in Washington on Monday, Dec. 24. Roberts was on Capitol Hill for a pro forma session, a brief meeting of the Senate only a few minutes in duration. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

With no end to the partial government shutdown in sight, President Trump and congressional Democrats spent the day before Christmas trading public barbs.

"I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security," posted Trump as part of a Christmas Eve tweetstorm of messages that hit on everything from the plunging stock markets, to the high-profile resignations at the Pentagon, to Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria.

But at top of his mind appeared to be Trump's demand for funding the border wall, the issue that led to the shutdown.

"At some point the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our Country more money than the Border Wall we are all talking about. Crazy!" Trump tweeted.

In a joint statement, House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York held Trump responsible for the shutdown -- -- as well as for the whirlwind week of controversy leading up to Christmas Day.

"It's Christmas Eve and President Trump is plunging the country into chaos," the Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement, which both also shared through their Twitter accounts. Trump, they added, "wanted the shutdown, but he seems not to know how to get himself out of it."

The dueling holiday messaging came as roughly 800,000 federal employees stand unsure of when their next paychecks will be issued and signaled no clear sign of how the partial government shutdown will end. Among the employees who have either been furloughed or who are working without pay are Homeland Security officials who are charged with protecting the southern border, as well as federal security screeners at the nation's airports and other ports of entry tasked with keeping holiday travel safe and smoothly running.

Pelosi and Schumer's letter made no mention of the reported offer of the White House accepting $2.5 billion in border wall funding instead of $5 billion. Democratic House sources told the Herald that Democrats have no plans to budge from their offer of $1.6 billion in border security funding.

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