Donald Trump to meet with Democrats over government shutdown

Donald Trump to meet with Democrats over government shutdown

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.

Donald Trump remained resolute in his demand for funding for a border wall on Sunday as negotiations between Democrats and Republicans, to strike a deal and reopen the U.S. government, stalled. We need something to prevent people from coming into this country illegally, ' Mulvaney said. One of the officials - neither was authorised to speak publicly - said no additional meetings were scheduled. But no progress was made, and while there are places both sides can work together, Trump won't budge on Democrats' request to re-open the government first, said a personal familiar with the discussions.

Trump will make that speech.

"Emergency powers are meant to be used for emergencies, not to settle political disputes or to shortcut the political process", Goitein said. Speaking on CNN's State of the Union, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called the idea a "nonstarter".

6 he is considering whether to declare a national emergency in order to obtain funding for the U.S. -Mexico border wall.

Asked about the ability of government workers to pay their bills, President Trump said Sunday that he expected federal workers would be able to "adjust" financially, as he expressed confidence that they supported his drive for border security.

Collins is among several Republicans uncomfortable with the shutdown. The midterm elections revealed a deeply divided Republican Party and saw major Democratic gains in states that Trump will need to win re-election in 2020. This would allow Trump to bypass Congress and use Pentagon funds to build a barrier along the border with Mexico.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi put out a statement on Saturday afternoon, which claimed Democrats would take up immediate action to open up the government in the House.

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told CNN on Monday that while Trump could declare such an emergency, it would nearly certainly be challenged in court.

Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told NBC's Meet the Press that he believes Democrats "think they're winning the PR battle and they're willing to drag this out because they think it hurts the president".

"We are now planning a steel barrier rather than concrete (wall)".

Trump has demanded $5.6 billion (5 billion euros) for the wall, which he says is needed to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into the US.

President Donald Trump says he doesn't expect anything to come out of a second day of negotiations between top administration officials and senior congressional staff trying to end the partial government shutdown now in its third week. Talks over the weekend showed no signs of a breakthrough, and hundreds of thousands of federal workers remain at home.

Trump has been digging in his heels, demanding billions for a border barrier that Democrats, who now control the House of Representatives, would not provide.

Trump said that he understood the predicament facing federal workers who are not receiving their pay.

President Donald Trump plans to visit the USA southern border on Thursday, leaving Washington for the first time since the partial federal shutdown began 16 days ago over his demand for funding for a wall along the border with Mexico.

However, such a move could face legal challenges in court.

Trump said earlier in the day that he was hoping for "some very serious talks come Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday". "Many details of Border Security were discussed. It's actually stronger", Trump said at Camp David.

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