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John Kelly: judge me on what Trump didn't do while I was chief of staff

John Kelly: judge me on what Trump didn't do while I was chief of staffAs Donald Trump attracted criticism for blaming the deaths of children in US custody on Democrats opposed to his demands for a border wall, outgoing White House chief of staff John Kelly said he had “nothing but compassion” for migrants attempting to enter the US without documentation. “Illegal immigrants, overwhelmingly, are not bad people,” Kelly said, describing many migrants as victims misled by traffickers. Kelly, a retired Marines general, spoke in an interview with the Los Angeles Times conducted by phone on Friday and published on Sunday morning.



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US government shutdown 'could stretch into new year' says Trump's acting chief of staff

US government shutdown 'could stretch into new year' says Trump's acting chief of staffThe US government shutdown could continue into the New Year with no clear resolution in sight, Mick Mulvaney, the new White House chief of staff, said on Sunday. As the impasse over President Donald Trump's demand for funding for a border wall entered its second day, Mr Mulvaney prepared the ground for a lengthy closure of federal departments. Congress is due to reconvene on Thursday after last minute negotiations failed on Saturday, triggering Mr Trump's decision to stay and celebrate Christmas at The White House rather than head to Mar-a-Lago as planned. “I don’t think things are going to move very quickly here for the next couple days. … I think it’s very possible the shutdown will go beyond the 28th and into the new Congress," Mr Mulvaney told US TV. Insisting "the ball is in the Senate's court", he said that the White House had moved down from its original demand for $ 5 billion and hoped Democrats would move up from their offer for $ 1.3 billion in border security funding. But in an interview on ABC's "This Week," he added that Mr Trump remained steadfast in his demand for wall funding. "The President's not going to not accept money for a border wall," he said. Mr Mulvaney, who is also currently the director of the Office of Management and Budget, did not give specifics on the level of the "counteroffer" made by the White House. “They were at 1.3 yesterday, we were at $ 5 billion a couple days ago. And the counteroffer that we gave them yesterday was between those two numbers," he said.  Meanwhile Senate Democrats, who oppose funding for the wall, contend the government could reopen immediately if Mr Trump drops his demand to extend a physical barrier along America's southern border with Mexico – a barrier which they argue would be ineffective in halting illegal immigration. But any suggestion of Mr Trump weakening on what was a major plank of his election strategy would infuriate his supporters, some of whom are already growing impatient. Last week Ann Coulter, a prominent conservative figure, stopped following Mr Trump on Twitter and branded his presidency "a joke" because of the lack of progress on the much-touted border wall. On Sunday, the president showed no sign of compromise. "The only way to stop drugs, gangs, human trafficking, criminal elements and much else from coming into our Country is with a Wall or Barrier. Drones and all of the rest are wonderful and lots of fun, but it is only a good old fashioned Wall that works!" he tweeted. Around 800,000 federal employees are affected by the shutdown. Roughly 420,000 workers are deemed essential and were expected to work unpaid with  additional 380,000 were to be furloughed, meaning they will stay home without pay.      



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Trump will continue troop withdrawal from Syria, despite military opposition, acting chief of staff says

Trump will continue troop withdrawal from Syria, despite military opposition, acting chief of staff saysPresident Donald Trump campaigned to withdraw troops from Syria and will continue, despite military opposition, acting chief of staff Mulvaney said.



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Mick Mulvaney: The self-proclaimed ‘right-wing nutjob’ appointed as Trump’s new chief of staff

Mick Mulvaney: The self-proclaimed ‘right-wing nutjob’ appointed as Trump’s new chief of staffDonald Trump has appointed a new acting chief of staff after a protracted and chaotic search to replace John Kelly. The US president turned to his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, to temporarily fill a position once seen as one of the most sought-after in the White House. It will be Mr Mulvaney’s third job in Mr Trump’s government.



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Superintendent Praises Response of Students, Staff Day After Shooting at Indiana School

Superintendent Praises Response of Students, Staff Day After Shooting at Indiana SchoolThe superintendent of Richmond Schools said students and staff at Dennis Intermediate School did everything they`d been trained to do during a school shooting.



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Trump names Mick Mulvaney acting chief of staff after scrambling to find replacement for John Kelly

Trump names Mick Mulvaney acting chief of staff after scrambling to find replacement for John KellyDonald Trump has named Mick Mulvaney as his acting chief of staff, after scrambling and struggling to find a replacement for the outgoing John Kelly. The president had believed that after he announced last week the former Marine Corps general would leave the White House by the end of the year – there had been speculation about the 68-year-old for months – the job would be filled by Nick Ayers. Reports suggested former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who was once close to Mr Trump but later sidelined after the 2016 election, was also being considered.



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Obama Photographer Taunts Trump With Doggone Funny Suggestion For Chief Of Staff

Obama Photographer Taunts Trump With Doggone Funny Suggestion For Chief Of StaffFormer White House photographer Pete Souza used an adorable old snap of Bo,



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'I could see' Trump not replacing Kelly, says former Obama chief of staff

'I could see' Trump not replacing Kelly, says former Obama chief of staffFormer Obama chief of staff William Daley thinks Trump could easily end up not filling the role after John Kelly steps down.



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NY Daily News Mocks Trump's Hunt For 'Spineless, Clueless' Chief Of Staff

NY Daily News Mocks Trump's Hunt For 'Spineless, Clueless' Chief Of StaffThe New York Daily News has taken aim at President Donald Trump as he searches



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Trump chief of staff announcement looms as Nick Ayers declines role

Trump chief of staff announcement looms as Nick Ayers declines rolePresident Trump expected to announce John Kelly's replacement soon after telling reporters the chief of staff is leaving the role.



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