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Democrats hold firm on shutdown as Trump refuses to take blame

December 25, 2018 / Elena Summers

"The Democrats offered us $1.6 billion a couple weeks ago, then they offered the president $1.3 billion this week" for border security, said Mulvaney, who is to become Trump's acting chief of staff in January. Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer said Mr Trump "threw a temper tantrum and convinced House Republicans to push our nation into a destructive Trump shutdown in the middle of the holiday season".