Trump Wants To Call The Shutdown A "Strike"

Saul Bowman
January 7, 2019

The Democrats, who think the proposed wall is a waste of money, said the meeting was contentious, though Trump said it was productive. Two Democratic officials familiar with the session say Democrats pleaded with Pence and other officials to re-open government while talks continue. One of the officials - neither was authorized to speak publicly - said no additional meetings were scheduled.

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

The White House has rejected the package, saying it falls short on border security, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he won't bring up legislation the president won't sign.

"I don't like that language, I wouldn't use that language, I don't establish any language standards for my colleagues", Pelosi told MSNBC, "but I don't think it's anything worse than the president has said".

He said TSA employees should keep showing up for work while negotiations proceed in Washington. "It is too early to talk about that intelligently", Nadler, whose committee would oversee any impeachment effort, said on CNN on Friday morning. It does not affect a 2.6% pay increase for USA troops that was passed as part of the massive defense spending bill Trump signed in August.

"Let's get those reopened while the negotiations continue", Collins said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Two vulnerable Republican senators up for re-election in 2020 - Cory Gardner of Colorado and Susan Collins of ME - have broken ranks to back approving the budget and ending the shutdown.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the House will begin passing separate bills to reopen the government this week, starting with the funding bill that covers the Treasury Department "so that the American people can receive their tax refunds on schedule".

Trump is demanding $5.6 billion to fulfill his campaign promise of a wall along the Mexico border. 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.

Trump's demand for billions for the barrier has forced a partial government shutdown that is now in its third week.

"How do we even go from there", a White House official said, referring to the disagreements, as aides to congressional leaders and top administration officials plan to meet again Sunday.

On Friday, Trump asked in a tweet: "How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong" and has had the "most successful two years of any president".

He said, "People that didn't vote for Donald Trump also want border security".

Trump says he's still mulling declaring a national emergency to try to circumvent Congress.

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he would be willing to accept a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border that is made out of steel rather than concrete.

Trump reiterated his demand for a border wall in a series of tweets on Saturday. Pence also reiterated Trump's position that "we need funding for the border wall". Such a move is certain to draw legal challenges.

More discussions are planned for Sunday.

Trump is framing the upcoming weekend talks as progress, while Democrats are emphasizing families unable to pay bills.

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