Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Trump asks congressional leaders to return for shutdown talks Friday -lawmaker

Trump asks congressional leaders to return for shutdown talks Friday -lawmaker

Congressional leaders arrived at the White House on Wednesday for a briefing in which President Donald Trump and homeland security officials will press their case for a border wall as he held fast to his demand for $5 billion in wall funding that triggered a partial government shutdown now in its 12th day.

Instead, McCarthy said, Democrats wanted to push their proposed spending bill without funding for the president's proposed border wall. "We had a violent mob rush yesterday - we had a challenge there", McCarthy said outside the White House after the meeting, referring to the 150 migrants who were repelled by tear gas on New Year's Day at the southern border. We want to solve that issue.

"Our question to the president and to the Republicans is why don't you accept what you have already done [in order] to open up government?"

CNN's Phil Mattingly also reported that Trump did not want to look foolish and said so when Schumer pressed him for a third time for a reason.

Democrats have offered $1.3 and $1.6 billion at various times for improving border security, but prohibiting any be spent on Trump's wall.

Trump drawing such a stark red line in the sand rendered the White House's previously scheduled first meeting to seek a solution to the impasse with the new Congressional leadership useless.

President Donald Trump slammed Democrats at the White House on Wednesday for calling the border wall "immoral", noting that other countries and the Vatican have walls that all work.

"They are now feeling the heat", Schumer said. Meanwhile the White House is saying the shutdown could continue for weeks unless Democrats make an offer closer to the $5.6 billion Trump is seeking.

After Democrats explained their plan to pass measures funding the government - including the Department of Homeland Security - at least temporarily as negotiations continued, Schumer repeatedly asked Trump why he opposed that approach, the person familiar with the exchange said.

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At a cabinet meeting prior to the briefing, Trump warned that parts of the government would could remain closed for a "a long time" without a deal.

At the Capitol on Wednesday, Pelosi said she hoped Republicans and the White House "are hearing what we have offered" to end the shutdown.

In a Cabinet meeting - flanked by an acting defense secretary and an acting interior secretary - he doubled down on his long-standing demand for a "big, handsome wall". Trump could actually make this worse by offering something like a DACA deal and daring Democrats to reject it. But Senate Republican leaders said it's dead on arrival because the president won't support it.

"Somebody said $2.5 (billion)", Trump said to reporters.

During the campaign, he promised a "great, great" wall made of reinforced concrete that would rise 30 feet or more and extend so far underground that it would be impossible to tunnel underneath.

"If he doesn't build the wall, the next president will be a Democrat", she added at the end of the interview. "We are giving him a Republican path to do that".

Pence proposed a compromise nearly two weeks ago in a closed-door meeting with Democrats just hours before a shutdown of parts of government that lacked appropriations for the current fiscal year.

But the Republican-led Senate appears unlikely to consider the Democratic funding bills. Major agencies like the Pentagon and the Health and Human Services Department have already been funded through the end of the fiscal year September 30, thanks to spending bills passed by Congress earlier last year.

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