Amid shutdown over wall funding, Trump to meet Hill leaders

Amid shutdown over wall funding, Trump to meet Hill leaders

Trump's 3 p.m. ET meeting with the top eight Republican and Democratic congressional leaders is set a day before Democrats take over the House.

Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon that dealing with border security, the wall and the shutdown wasn't how incoming Nancy Pelosi wants to start her tenure when Democrats take over the House.

Speaking at the White House, Trump said on Wednesday he was sure the Supreme Court would side with him and that the administration would then be able to make a deal easily on the so-called Dreamers and the wall. Republicans retain control of the Senate.

About a quarter of the government has been affected by the shutdown, including correctional officers, Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and transportation security officers.

The partial government shutdown began December 22 after Trump bowed to conservative demands that he fight to make good on his vow and secure funding for the wall before Republicans lose control of the House on Wednesday.

But its prospects are grim in the Republican-led Senate, which previously approved similar measures on the floor or in committee but has since fallen in line with Trump's demands for funding for the border wall.

But White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday called Pelosi's plan a "non-starter", saying that it "does not fund our homeland security or keep American families safe from human trafficking, drugs, and crime". The project's total price tag is estimated at $23 billion.

It was unclear if Wednesday's meeting, arranged by Trump on Tuesday, would lead to a breakthrough.

But the legislation's future appears uncertain, as it does not contain funding for a wall along the US-Mexico border, as demanded by Trump.

Democrats sought to lower expectations for the gathering.

Pelosi responded to the invitation by tweeting that Trump "has given Democrats a great opportunity to show how we will govern responsibly & quickly pass our plan to end the irresponsible #TrumpShutdown - just the first sign of things to come in our new Democratic Majority committed to working #ForThePeople".

According to a joint statement from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi, one of the proposed bills would reopen and fund all government agencies - except the Department of Homeland Security - at current levels.

"Senate Republicans have already supported this legislation, and if they reject it now, they will be fully complicit in chaos and destruction of the president's third shutdown of his term". He has since blamed Democrats for the shutdown. After aides suggested there would not necessarily be a traditional wall as Trump had described since his presidential campaign, Trump insisted otherwise.

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