Trump defends his Syria pullout while on surprise visit to Iraq

Trump defends his Syria pullout while on surprise visit to Iraq

Some 800,000 government workers are affected. During prior shutdowns, lawmakers generally have voted to retroactively pay all employees - those who worked and those who were furloughed - after the government re-opens.

Following weeks of failed talks between Trump and congressional leaders, parts of the USA government shut down on Saturday, affecting about 800,000 employees of the Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation and other agencies. About 8 in 10 employees of the National Park Service are staying home, and many parks have closed.

The shutdown started Saturday after funding lapsed for nine Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies.

But neither side has hinted at softening its position. Banderas laid out a series of reasons why the wall won't be built, including the enormous cost of buying up land on the border. "We're going to have safety". Even from this standpoint.

His comments came after Asian markets suffered a holiday rout, with Tokyo suffering its worst finish since April 2017 after a brutal run on Wall Street that saw United States stocks sink for a 4th straight session. Next week brings a new Congress and a change in leadership in the House following the Democrats' election successes last month. I want everybody to understand: No one is working without getting paid.

Democrats and some Republicans view it as a costly, unneeded and ineffective project, but some Republicans support the idea and back Trump's demand for $5 billion in partial funding. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has said the wall funding will "never pass the Senate" and urged Trump to abandon the request so the government can be funded. During the Obama administration, Republicans in Congress also threatened to shut down the government over defunding Planned Parenthood and undermining the Affordable Care Act. "I'm not going to blame you for it".

A deal to fund shuttered government departments still seemed out of reach Wednesday, the fifth day of the partial shutdown. But Meadows said he also sees "no evidence" Democrats are about to budge.

But he added of Democrats: "If they believe that this president is going to yield on this particular issue, they're misreading him".

"His resolve is very firm", Representative Mark Meadows, a conservative Republican, told CNN. The Dow Jones Industrial Average had its worst week since the 2008 financial crisis, and the technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite plunged into a bear market. Workers deemed non-essential will be furloughed, while "essential" workers will be required to report to their jobs, but with no guarantee of a paycheck.

"Trump, who tweeted Monday that he was "all alone (poor me)" at the White House, said Tuesday that he would "rather not be doing shutdowns", saying he "wasn't able to be with my family" because he thought it would be wrong for me to be with" them in Florida while the government was closed.

"Ninety-five percent of the workers at NASA, for example, are locked out of their offices and laboratories, and all of them may not receive a paycheck", Shearon said in the Wednesday statement. These federal workers want the wall. The telescope is supposed to be in orbit in 2020.

"I don't know what to do to be honest with you", he said.

"We're told we're worthless parasites", said Greenberg, who has spent 30 years at Nasa and is a congressional liaison for the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers.

"I think our borders need to be more secure to an extent, yes".

As a result, Trump feels vindicated in his political instincts and is increasingly unmoved by advisers, they said.

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