As shutdown enters 12th day, Trump meets with Hill leaders

As shutdown enters 12th day, Trump meets with Hill leaders

Donald Trump has warned the government shutdown in the United States could last "a long time" as he refuses to back down from his bid for border wall money. Graham, whose every action should be viewed through the lens of the 2020 primary challenge of which he lives in terror, recently justified his stubbornness by explaining that the wall has become a "metaphor" for "border security", which is (1) not what "metaphor" means and (2) as transparent as a disclosure of one's own terminal vacuousness can get. That's what $5 billion ends up being.

When Trump threatened to veto any spending bill without the wall late last month, funding lapsed for several agencies and a partial government shutdown ensued.

That would make it possible for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to send Trump a bill to reopen most of the government, while setting aside the fight over the wall.

The Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is among those institutions closed due to the partial government shutdown.

"We have given the Republicans a chance to take yes for an answer".

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer met Trump at the White House Wednesday for a briefing on border security.

The president made his case anew ahead of the afternoon session with Democratic and Republican leaders about the migrants arriving at the border in recent days.

Democrats have noted Trump repeatedly promised during his campaign and earlier in his presidency that Mexico would pay for the wall, not US taxpayers.

Seven of the 21 Cabinet posts are held by acting or temporary officials, including acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

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"The administration is looking for a way to do a deal so that the president can save face here", he said, adding that Democrats are going to "turn the pressure up" once Nancy Pelosi takes over as House speaker.

Mr Trump spent the weekend saying Democrats should return to Washington to negotiate, firing off Twitter taunts.

Should the House manage to impeach Trump, removing him from office would be hard.

Vice President Mike Pence thanked Trump for taking a "strong stand" on border security, while acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker praised the president for working through the Christmas and New Year holidays "while some members of Congress went on vacation".

But he seemed to shift tactics later in the day, appealing to Pelosi. "It is not helping the president it's not helping the Republicans to be the owners of this shutdown", Schumer said. "Let's make a deal?" he wrote.

The partial government shutdown, which started over the debate on whether to include funding for a border wall, has now entered its 12th day.

"The partisanship, rancor and dysfunction of the Trump shutdown is exactly what voters rebuked in November", said Rep. -elect Joe Neguse of Colorado, a new leader of the freshmen class, in the Democrats' weekly address.

Administration officials said he believed he had public opinion and his base on his side. That measure would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to September 30.

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