White House signals some compromise in ending US government shutdown

Erika Holt
January 7, 2019

The aide said no progress was made and no further meetings of the group were scheduled.

Trump has said contradictory things in recent weeks about what would constitute a wall.

Questions have been raised which presidents Trump is talking about during his Rose Garden press conference, with led Tapper to grill Mulvaney about the truthfulness of the president's claim.

Trump has said he could declare "a national emergency" and build the wall without Congress' approval.

"I really do firmly believe they think they're winning the PR battle and they're willing to drag this out because they think it hurts the president", Mulvaney said.

"Where is the emergency?" the Washington Democrat said on ABC's "This Week". "It is too early to talk about that intelligently", Nadler, whose committee would oversee any impeachment effort, said on CNN on Friday morning. A majority of Senate Democrats voted for that bill, but not enough Republicans supported the bill for it to pass. "We could reopen much of government where there's no dispute over issues involving certain departments like Ag [riculture], Transportation, Housing, Interior".

Collins is among several Republicans uncomfortable with the shutdown. The White House plans to provide those figures before the group meets again today.

Trump has maintained that he will not sign any spending bill that does not include US$5 billion to fund the wall, which Democrats oppose.

Democrats have signalled they could accept a deal that precluded a concrete wall but provided funding for a steel barrier.

Just the evening of her swearing-in ceremony, the new congresswoman - who happens to be one of the two first Muslim American women elected to Congress - shouted to a crowd, "We're going to go in and impeach the motherf**ker".

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Trump's comments came at the start of the third week of a partial government shutdown resulting from the dispute that has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers idled or without paychecks.

"I can relate", Trump, a former NY businessman, said when asked if he could relate to the pain of federal workers struggling to pay their bills.

The president traveled with staff to Camp David in Maryland to work on agenda items for the upcoming year.

The funding bill passed by Democrats on January 3 included $1.3 billion for border fencing and $300 million for other border security items including technology and cameras.

Pauley asked if it was "bluster" when the president told Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other Congressional leaders at a meeting Friday that he would keep the government closed for months or even years in order to get his proposed border wall.

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he might declare a national emergency imminently to secure money for his border wall. Such a move would nearly certainly be met with legal challenges. "The president's prepared to do what it takes to protect our borders, to protect the people of this country", Sanders told Chris Wallace.

More discussions are planned for Sunday.

Trump met with senior Democrats last night.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi released a statement that next week Democrats will "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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