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

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

Effect of the shutdown are being felt by the 800,000 federal employees either furloughed or forced to work without pay, who face continued financial uncertainty (they will be paid eventually as in the past).

As Democrats prepare a flurry of investigations into the conduct of Mr. Trump and the ties between Russian Federation and his presidency and campaign - and as much of the Democratic base and some of the members of the House Democratic caucus clamour to begin impeachment procedures - the fraught relationship between the White House on the one hand and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer on the other is infected by a fresh brawl over immigration.

Mr Trump tweeted today that the group discussed details of "border security" and had a "productive meeting".

She added, "I think, you know, President Trump has met his match".

Trump indicated, however, that he was not expecting a weekend breakthrough, saying there would be "very serious talks come Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday". And Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., suggested Sunday that pressure would only mount amid the shutdown, which he said is disrupting Transportation Security Administration operations, home loans and farmers in his state.

Her statement said Democrats would "begin passing individual appropriations bills to re-open all government agencies, starting with the appropriations bill that covers the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service".

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"Let's get those reopened while the negotiations continue", she said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Trump has demanded Congress appropriate money for the wall, and his dispute with Democrats over the issue pushed the government into an ongoing partial shutdown.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said last week he would not put any legislation to a vote in the Senate unless Trump supported it.

"This shutdown could end tomorrow and it could also go on for a long time", Trump said.

Trump asserted on Friday that he could declare a national emergency to build the wall without congressional approval, but would first try a "negotiated process". Such a move would seem certain to draw legal challenges.

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

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"Look, if Harry Truman couldn't nationalize the steel industry during wartime, this president doesn't have the power to declare an emergency and build a multibillion-dollar wall on the border", the California Democrat said on CNN's "State of the Union". Pelosi has said she will not budge on her position against it, calling the wall immoral.

Democratic Senator Doug Jones, appearing on the same programme, said the White House has not presented a plan to use the money. 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 U.S. border with Mexico.

Senior White House adviser, and Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen were involved in the meeting Saturday, with Nielsen briefing those in attendance on border security.

Trump, who did not attend the discussions, spent the morning tweeting about border security.

Trump told Democrats he was willing to keep the government partially shut down for months and even years over the wall.

"That should help us move in the right direction", said Mulvaney, who is also the head of the Office of Management and Budget.

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He also said that he should not have to lower his demand for $US5.6 billion, though he said he understood the impact the impasse was having on affected federal workers struggling to pay their bills.

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