Donald Trump says government shutdown could last 'a long time'

Posted January 03, 2019

President Trump reiterated his demand for a border wall at a meeting of his Cabinet Wednesday, saying the border "is like a sieve" and that adding drones and technology are not enough.

The U.S. -Mexico border is roughly 2,000 miles long.

Congressional leaders were unable to strike a deal to end a partial shutdown of the federal government at a meeting with Donald Trump on Thursday, and the president invited them to return to the White House on Friday for further negotiations.

Jeffries said that while Trump wants to "waste millions in taxpayer dollars on a medieval border wall", Democrats are drawing "a line in the stand" against the spending they say won't make the border any safer.

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The last real shutdown, which occurred in January of past year, came to a quiet end after only three days, when Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer frittered away what little power he had during the still-unresolved debate over the future of DACA recipients.

The president is insisting on US$5 billion in funding for a border wall, which he says will put a check on undocumented migrants entering the country illegally. "Democrats intend to do that today", Justin Goodman, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Wednesday morning. Funding for the wall has been the sticking point in passing funding bills for several government departments. The meeting is taking place before Democrats retake control of the House tomorrow, heralding a massive power shift in Washington after two years of unified Republican control.

The White House dismissed the Democrats' proposal.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers after the meeting indicated little progress was made toward ending the partial government shutdown and that they agreed to reconvene Friday. "They try and make it like it's just about the wall and it is about the wall".

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But the new majority will quickly pivot Thursday to a pair of bills to fund the parts of the government that have been shuttered in the dispute over money for President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico.

Trump said Democrats are playing politics with the issue "because they have an eye on 2020".

The visit by Pelosi and Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer was their first to the White House since their sharp exchange with Trump in the Oval Office on December 11 during which the president told them he would be "proud to shut down the government for border security". "If you build a 30-foot wall from El Paso to Brownsville, the 35-foot ladder business gets real good". He also promised voters, again and again, the Mexico would pay for the wall. 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 in the year and signed by Trump. They don't value the sanctity of our borders. Some Republicans in the House may end up voting for the bill, and there's a possibility that if the shutdown drags on for long enough, Senate Republicans could pass the bill and both chambers could override Trump's veto.

The shutdown has gone on for 12 days.

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