Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Trump and top lawmakers fail to resolve shutdown after meeting

Trump and top lawmakers fail to resolve shutdown after meeting

House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi is willing to give "nothing for the wall", she said in an interview clip that was tweeted on Wednesday - the 12th day of the government shutdown and the eve of the Democratic-majority 116th Congress' swearing in.

"This is all to tell Chuck and Nancy and some others from ICE and from border patrol, and also from some local law enforcement, how bad it is - how risky it is - and why we need a wall", Trump said. We want to solve that issue. He offered no clues on when the government will reopen.

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.

On Wednesday, the Democratic leaders emerged from the White House after 90 minutes, unified on not giving in to Trump.

The meeting stretched for more than hour, but the group of senior lawmakers and White House officials didn't seriously discuss a single new proposal to break the impasse, according to several attendees.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) listens to House Speaker designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speak to reporters after their meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 11, 2018.

Schumer said Trump could not provide a "good answer" for opposing the bills.

Trump suggested Tuesday that the shutdown would make for a less than ideal start for Pelosi, the likely incoming Speaker of the House.

House Democrats Thursday plan to pass two bills: one to fund the Homeland Security department at current levels through February 8, which would continue $1.3 billion in border barrier funding; and the other to fund the rest of the government through September 30, at levels negotiated on a bipartisan basis in the Senate.

Trump said he was open to working on a path to legal status for hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants known as Dreamers, pointing toward a potential broader deal with Democrats that could resolve the shutdown.

Amid the stalemate over the wall, Trump shelved his annual Christmas vacation in Florida, choosing to remain in Washington and fire off a stream of angry, and often misleading tweets.

"It's too important a subject to walk away from", the president said, adding that he was prepared to hold out "as long as it takes" to secure the money he is seeking from Congress.

Many will miss their first paycheck on January 11 unless Trump signs a spending bill before then.

Making his case ahead of the afternoon session with Democratic and Republican leaders, he said the current border is "like a sieve" and noted the tear gas "flying" overnight to deter arrivals. Or, he can block the bill from going to a vote at all, and share the blame with Trump for the shutdown as, in the other chamber of the Capitol, Pelosi and House Democrats cast themselves as the sole adults who are trying to get the government reopened and back to work. He promised "six more years of great success". Democrats intend to introduce a pair of funding bills that would end the shutdown, but without federal funding for a border wall.

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. "So, we would hope that they would reconsider and would support the very bills that passed the Senate".

It would also include another measure to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown.

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