Effects of USA shutdown could reverberate for years

Effects of USA shutdown could reverberate for years

Mick Mulvaney, Trump's acting chief of staff, told NBC's Meet the Press program that agreeing to a steel separation would allow Democrats to stick to their refusal to fund a wall.

"This is a very important battle to win, in terms of safety, number one, defining our country, and who we are", Trump said.

Trump, who did not attend the discussions, spent the morning tweeting about border security.

"This shutdown could end tomorrow or it also could go on for a long time", Trump said Sunday.

Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin reacted coolly to Trump's suggestion of declaring a national emergency.

As the USA government shutdown continued hanging in the air, President Trump in a tweet said the Democrats want to impeach him because they can't win the next U.S. elections.

"Our objective in the meeting at the White House was to open up government", Pelosi said.

Mulvaney said Trump was willing to forgo a concrete wall for steel or other materials. Democrats sought written details from the Department of Homeland Security on their budget needs, which the White House said it would provide.

As Democrats prepare a flurry of investigations into the conduct of Mr. Trump and the ties between Russian Federation and his presidency and campaign - and as much of the Democratic base and some of the members of the House Democratic caucus clamour to begin impeachment procedures - the fraught relationship between the White House on the one hand and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer on the other is infected by a fresh brawl over immigration.

"It's kind of odd to hear people on the Republican side who have not condemned the president's language in a million different contexts to suddenly be clutching their pearls over her use of that language", Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineConway's husband rips Trump for saying Tlaib "dishonored" herself with profane call for impeachment Dems split in response to "impeach the motherf-er" comment Dem lawmaker: "Kind of odd" for GOP to be "clutching their pearls" over profane call to impeach Trump MORE (D-R.I.) said on "Fox News Sunday".

Hours after Tlaib was sworn in as part of the history-making class of freshmen that helped flip the House to Democratic control, she ran afoul of the widespread sense among her colleagues that they should focus for now on health care and other policies rather than impeachment - at least until special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation concludes.

"Look, if Harry Truman couldn't nationalize the steel industry during wartime, this President doesn't have the power to declare an emergency and build a multibillion dollar wall on the border", Schiff said.

The measure did not include the $5.6 billion the president has demanded for the border wall.

"Are you recalibrating your assessment of how you can work with this president?"

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin on Sunday warned of legal challenges if Trump tries circumventing Congress. The White House said money was not discussed in depth, but the administration was clear about the need for a wall and the goal of resolving the shutdown all at once, not piecemeal.

With talks stalled, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that House Democrats plan to start approving individual bills to reopen shuttered departments starting with Treasury to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds.

Trump has said contradictory things in recent weeks about what would constitute a wall.

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

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