15:25 GMT08 August 2020
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump has cancelled plans to travel to Florida for New Year's Eve and will instead remain in Washington due to the partial federal government shutdown, Budget Director and incoming White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on Friday.

    "The President's been here, by the way, all weekend, all Christmas", Mulvaney said during an interview with Fox & Friends. "He's staying in Washington, DC, over New Year's. He's cancelled his plans for Christmas. Now, he's cancelled his plans for New Year's".

    Though Trump will remain in Washington, the White House expects little or no progress toward reopening the government for at least another week, because Democrats are refusing to negotiate until the new Congress is sworn in and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is elected speaker, Mulvaney added.

    "Nancy Pelosi, in fairness, does not have the votes for the speakership yet", Mulvaney said. "She cannot be seen by her party as being weak on negotiating with Donald Trump, so we fully expect that until she is elected speaker and has locked that vote up, we don’t expect to hear from Democrats again".

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    The next Congress begins on Thursday. Lawmakers will be sworn in, with Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives and the Senate remaining in Republican hands. By then, the federal government will have been in partial shutdown mode for 13 days.

    President Donald Trump is demanding between $5 billion and $5.7 billion, and Democrats in Congress have offered $1.3 billion to $1.6 billion.

    Mulvaney said that the White House offered to compromise, with a final figure somewhere below $5 billion, but Democrats responded by leaving town instead of making a counteroffer.

    Earlier on Friday, Trump threatened to close the entire US-Mexican border if Republican and Democratic lawmakers are unable to agree on a border barrier budget number that Trump can accept.


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