Trump says he needs to deal with Dem leaders to end shutdown

07 January, 2019, 05:20 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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Trump is demanding any funding to keep the federal government operational also include $5.6 billion to begin building a $23 billion wall along the USA border with Mexico.

All that remains part of the party portfolio just as 2020 presidential-election campaigning gets underway, but the shutdown adds an important new element: the notion that the President's refusal to compromise - including his threat to get his way by claiming special powers by declaring a national emergency - is inflaming the situation.

Trump is still digging in his heels, demanding billions for a border barrier that Democrats won't provide.

Said Trump: "If they don't want to, it's going to go on for a long time".

A migrant from Honduras pass a child to her father after he jumped the border fence to get into the USA side to San Diego, Calif., from Tijuana, Mexico.

About 800,000 government workers are either on leave or working without pay.

After laying out Tlaib's condemnation of Israel, Pirro noted the Michigan Democrat had avoided the media after those, which led Pirro to speculate House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) may have reined in Tlaib.

"I can relate", Trump, a former NY businessman, said when asked if he could relate to the pain of federal workers struggling to pay their bills.

"Democrats and now a growing number of Republicans are coming together and saying let's open up the government and debate border security separately", Schumer told reporters in NY. "I think that's, that's by, by intention", Mulvaney, who is serving as the top White House aide in an acting capacity, said.

After a briefing from Pence's team, the president tweeted, "Not much headway made today" as he headed out to Camp David, a nearby presidential retreat, for "meetings on Border Security and many other topics" with his senior staff. "I can't say that we're close (to a solution)", he told CBS, "because the president's made it clear he doesn't care".

Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called it a "non-starter".

Trump's demand for billions for the barrier has forced a partial government shutdown that is now in its third week. Such a move is certain to draw legal challenges.

Republican Susan Collins of ME wants the Senate to take up House-passed bills to re-open the government.

Trump threatened again, without providing specifics on where the funding would originate, to declare a national emergency as an alternative way to build the wall, depending on the outcome of talks in the coming days.

"Are you recalibrating your assessment of how you can work with this president?"

That's despite the fact that his administration has already spent millions constructing wall prototypes near the border in San Diego.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells "Fox News Sunday" that the White House has been looking at "every option available" to get the needed money, and she says Trump will do "whatever it takes to protect our borders".

"The House will first consider the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill, which funds the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service, to ensure that hardworking Americans can receive their tax refunds on schedule".

With his negotiators preparing for the afternoon session, Trump said he didn't expect it to produce a resolution.

Mulvaney, sought to frame Trump's support for a steel barrier as progress in the negotiations, saying on NBC that "if he has to give up a concrete wall, replace it with a steel fence in order to do that so that Democrats can say, 'See?"



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