Trump says 'not much headway' in talks to end USA government shutdown

Trump says 'not much headway' in talks to end USA government shutdown

The United States is now planning to install a steel barrier instead of a concrete wall along its border with Mexico, President Donald Trump said Sunday indicating his administration and the opposition Democratic party are closer to resolving their difference on the issue, which has led to a partial government shutdown for a fortnight now.

The president said Friday he is considering declaring a national emergency to help pay for his long-desired border wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

The White House lays out President Trump's priorities in a letter to the House Appropriations Committee as the shutdown continues in Washington; Kevin Corke reports.

However, opponents would nearly certainly accuse him of presidential overreach and respond with court challenges.

"They are essentially the same funding bills that the Republican Senate wrote and approved by a 92-6 margin during the last Congress", Hoyer said in a statement Sunday. Trump said on Twitter that "not much headway" was made on Saturday, and he told reporters on Sunday that the next meeting was unlikely to produce results either.

Trump seemed to undercut his own team by saying on Sunday that he needed to deal directly with Democratic leaders who have been holding out on supporting the funding request.

"I never threaten anybody but I am allowed to do that, yes", Trump said. We have criminals coming in. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going.

But the White House and congressional Democratic negotiators can't even agree on "basic facts", and Democrats are stalling because they think Trump is losing the battle over public opinion, he said.

The president's inability to get a border wall could become a major plank in his eye when he runs for reelection in 2020, since the border wall was a key component of his campaign platform.

'I've always thought that the debate over what the physical barrier should be constructed of was rather weird, ' she said on NBC's 'Meet the Press.' 'We do need to strengthen our border security. But he says Trump isn't budging on his demand for billions for his border wall.

"This action is necessary so that the American people can receive their tax refunds on schedule", she said.

Representatives from the White House and from Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill did meet on the White House grounds Saturday and Sunday, but that yielded little progress. The White House had signaled it would consider the plan.

The White House warned again that the shutdown could last for some time while suggesting that the offer of a steel barrier was an olive branch to Democrats.

"We have a five-month-old son so we have about a month left before we're going to have to start having those hard conversations about what to do next", he said.

"If he has to give up a concrete wall, replace it with a steel that Democrats can say, 'See?"

"The Army Corps of Engineers is dialed in on doing this cost effectively and with the right amount of urgency as to where we can build additional stand-up walls quickly and then get after the threat", Shanahan said. It's the safest and most effective way break up angry mobs who are looting stores, burning buildings, or in this case, tearing down the border fence between the USA and Mexico. 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.

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