Donald Trump to meet with Democrats over government shutdown


Trump's Monday afternoon tweet about his plans to address the country come as the government shutdown begins its third week, with Trump and congressional Democrats at an impasse over Trump's demand for almost $US6 billion in federal funding to build a wall on the southern border. But the Times' Michael Grynbaum reported that "at least two" major networks were "still deliberating" whether to give Trump the window, given what could end up being an expressly political statement amid a bitter shutdown now in its 17th day.

Mr Trump is trying to convince the Democrats to approve around $5bn (£3.95bn) to build the wall, which he says is vital to stop illegal immigrants and criminals entering the US. But that stance carries considerable risk. "So, that's a nonstarter", the Democrat said.

Pence told reporters that the president has made no decision on whether to declare a national emergency.

Trump said earlier Sunday that only he could make a deal with Democratic leaders. Some suggested that Trump's true believers aren't even interested in a negotiated compromise.

Trump administration officials have pointed to a surge in migrant families crossing the border to make their case that the situation at the southern border is reaching critical proportions. And his unreliable maneuvers have only aggravated the situation.

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Last week, House Democrats proposed a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees construction of the wall, at current levels through February 8, with $1.3 billion for border security-a figure far less than Trump requested. Talks over the weekend showed no signs of a breakthrough, and hundreds of thousands of federal workers remain at home.

Will Chamberlain, a Washington, DC-based lawyer, looked at the relevant statutes and argued that - unlike Truman in Schiff's example - Trump would be on more solid legal ground with regards to the southern border. This isn't surprising, though, because Trump's position is untenable. Democrats have made clear they see a wall as immoral and ineffective and prefer other types of border security funded at already agreed upon levels.

The popular Smithsonian museums, just blocks from the White House, have been forced to close, while national parks have seen trash pile up and bathrooms go uncleaned.

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It seems President Trump has listened.

Those bills have little chance in the Senate, where Sen.

In recent days, Trump has rejected his own administration's previous offer to accept $2.5 billion for the wall.

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

Most recently, Sanders claimed on Sunday in an interview on the usually Trump-friendly Fox News channel that "nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally".

If there has been a constant, in fact, it is the mixed messaging. "Second meeting set for tomorrow", Trump said on Twitter. "He's not building a wall anymore, ' that should help us move in the right direction", Mulvaney said.

"There's no requirement that this government be shut down while we deliberate the future of any barrier, whether it's a fence or a wall", Sen. And he claimed, without evidence, that some ex-presidents had told him to push for the wall.

The White House lays out President Trump's priorities in a letter to the House Appropriations Committee as the shutdown continues in Washington; Kevin Corke reports. But navigating complex legislation, trade issues and foreign policy matters is vastly different from executing real estate transactions.

Otherwise, Trump said, the shutdown is "going to go on for a long time".