Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Donald Trump warns shutdown 'could last years'

Donald Trump warns shutdown 'could last years'

A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll reportedly shows 50% blame the president for the shutdown, while 32% see the Democratic Party as culpable.

"Not much headway made today", Trump tweeted on Saturday after receiving a briefing from the team led by Vice-President Mike Pence.

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, left, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and Vice President Mike Pence, talk as they walk down the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in Washington.

She explained that the objective of Friday's White House meeting was to get the government reopened.

"Many of those people, maybe most of those people, that really have not been - and will not be getting their money in at this moment - those people, in many cases, are the biggest fan of what we're doing", said trump on Friday. I have never had anything like it in terms of calls coming in, in terms of people writing in and tweeting.

Trump said he could declare a national emergency to build the wall without congressional approval, but would first try a "negotiated process".

"I don't know what the presidents mean when they say they weren't supporting a wall", Mulvaney protested.

Trump reportedly mentioned "f-k" during the meeting at least three times, a source added in a Daily Beast report, and described the 800,000 federal employees who were working without pay as workers on "strike".

Thomas Schoregge, union representative for the American Federation of Government Employees Local 2222 with jurisdiction over New Jersey and NY, told NPR the number of federal employees calling in sick to work could increase if the shutdown continues, "If the majority of people live paycheck-to-paycheck what's going to happen once their money runs out?" "Let's get those [departments] reopened while negotiations continue".

Mr Trump and Democratic leaders met for roughly two hours on Friday, but gave differing accounts of the session.

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.

The president harangued Pelosi for comments made by recently-elected Rep. Rashida Tlaib of MI, in which she referred to Trump and said "impeach the motherf-er", according to The Daily Beast.

Democrats, who took control of the House of Representatives last week, passed a bill to reopen the government without providing additional funding for the wall, and have insisted that reopening the government should not be contingent upon wall construction funds.

"The Senate will not waste its time considering a Democratic bill which can not pass this chamber and which the president will not sign", McConnell said Wednesday on the Senate floor.

"Look, if Harry Truman couldn't nationalize the steel industry during wartime, this president doesn't have the power to declare an emergency and build a multibillion-dollar wall on the border", Schiff said of the former president on CNN. The White House said money was not discussed in depth, but the administration was clear about the need for a wall and the goal of resolving the shutdown all at once, not piecemeal.

But McConnell faces increasing pressure from within his caucus, especially from vulnerable Republicans up for re-election in 2020, as several conservative senators urged action to reopen the government, according to media reports. The White House aides and Democratic and Republican staffers planned to return to the talks on Sunday. Earlier this week, he rejected his own administration's offer to accept $2.5 billion for the wall.

Trump had campaigned on the promise that Mexico would pay for the wall.

Donald Trump may be ready to compromise to win funding for a wall on the Mexico border, with his chief of staff suggesting it does not have to be concrete.

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