Thanks to a partial government shutdown over funding for his long-desired southern border wall, President Donald Trump will remain in Washington, D.C., for New Year's rather than attend a party at his South Florida Mar-a-Lago Club.
Mulvaney said Democrats are no longer negotiating with the administration over an earlier offer to accept less than the $5 billion Trump wants for the wall.
The government has been partially shut down since last week over an impasse between Trump and Democrats over funding for a proposed security wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.
Tweeting and watching Fox News in his spacious, lonely abode Friday, the United States president also used his alone time to threaten the closure of the southern border altogether if the "obstructionist" Democrats do not allow his granite-colored spikes to see the light of day.
The Republican president also reiterated threats to cut off all USA aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, which he said were not doing anything to stop the flow of migrants toward the United States.
It was not clear how separating the two huge neighbours would work. Bilateral trade totaled an estimated $615.9bn in 2017, according to United States government figures. He even suggested pulling back on the recently renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which now goes by the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
Meanwhile, Trump warned Friday that if Democrats do not agree to his demands to fund a wall on the southern border, he will "close the southern border entirely" and cut aid to Central American countries - while pulling back on trade with Mexico.More news: Explosion lights up sky over Queens, New York
As agreement eludes Washington in the waning days of the Republican monopoly on power, it sets up the first big confrontation between Trump and newly empowered Democrats. "We do not want to be rash". The president's observation that federal workers are more Democratic than Republican serves no argumentative goal; it is, ostensibly, a mere expression of exasperation at his rivals' perseverance (one reminiscent of another infamous spoiler of the Christmas season).
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Friday that Nancy Pelosi's not-quite-locked-up bid to become House speaker has stalled negotiations to end the government shutdown.
"This is a insane discussion to be having". "Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border". Picture taken on November 8, 2018. "We're going to behave like adults and do our job".
According to Trump the "caravans" amount to organized attempts at invading the United States.
The impoverished, often risky countries have long received American assistance to boost democracy, human rights, education and security.
Honduras is now set to receive $65.7 million in 2019, down from $105.6 million in 2017, while Guatemala is slated for $69.4 million, down from $145 million.