Donald Trump warns USA government shutdown could last more than a year

Jeannie Matthews
January 5, 2019

After meeting top Democrats at the White House, the Republican president stood by his demand for congressional funding of a US-Mexico border wall.

"We can not resolve this until we open up government, and we made that very clear to the president", Pelosi, who started her second stint as speaker on Thursday, told reporters outside the White House. "Why doesn't the Pelosi bill do that?" said White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway. "But I am prepared and I think I can speak for Republicans in the House and Republicans in the Senate".

President Donald Trump on Friday bitterly complained that some House Democrats are already floating the possibility of impeaching him, just one day into their new majority.

Democrats are only willing to provide $US1.3 billion for border security, including a fence rather than a wall.

House Speaker Ms Pelosi has been cautious about whether her new Democratic majority would ever impeach Mr Trump, but at least two of her members are ready to move forward.

"We're not doing a wall".

Additionally, a video was posted Thursday that appeared to show Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib telling supporters that the Democrats are going to "impeach the motherf-ker".

'And we even talked about that today, ' Trump told reporters following the two-hour closed door meeting. The bill, which would provide money through the end of the fiscal year September 30, was approved, 241-190, with several House Republicans joining Democrats.

But the Senate has indicated it will not pass legislation that the President will not sign into law.

"Walls work. That's why rich, powerful and successful people build them around their homes", Mr Trump wrote in his letter. "All Americans deserve the same protection".

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The impasse has left more than 800,000 federal workers furloughed or working without pay since December 22 - as both Democrats and Republicans have attempted to pin the blame on the other side.

"Any viable compromise will need to carry the endorsement of the president before it receives a vote", he said.

The US government is now approaching its third week of partial shutdown over funding for a wall on the Mexican border.

"He's open-minded to this", Graham said in an interview, but he said the President "hasn't committed". "It really could open very quickly, I told them".

"I will do whatever we have to do".

Democrats also approved a separate measure to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown, at levels Senate Republicans had largely agreed to previous year.

"The President needs an intervention", he said.

Meanwhile, the liberal radical wing of the Democratic party, with female lawmakers taking the lead, are challenging Trump and the Republican establishment with legislative ideas that including one in which the American Super Wealthy will be taxed Up to 70% to fund a "Green New Deal" proposed by another debutante lawmaker Alexandra Ocasio Cortez.

The largely party-line votes came after Trump made a surprise appearance at the White House briefing room pledging to keep up the fight for his signature campaign promise.

On Friday, House Democrats are set to unveil a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package that targets what they call a "culture of corruption in Washington" and aims to reduce the role of money in politics.

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