Trump says Democrat leaders must make deal to end shutdown
President holds fast to demand for border wall funding
WASHINGTON— U.S. President Donald Trumpacknowledged Sunday that weekend shutdown talks led by his vicepresident would not break an impasse, as newly empowered House Democrats planned to step up the pressure on Trump and Republican lawmakers to reopen the government.
Heading to Camp David for staff meetings, Trump showed no signs of budging on his demand for $5.6 billion (U.S.) for a wall along the U.S.Mexico border. Undercutting the staff-level talks, Trump declared that only he could make a deal with Democratic leaders — “in 20 minutes, if they want to.”
Said Trump: “If they don’t want to, it’s going to go on for a long time.”
With the partial shutdown in its third week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she intends to begin passing individual bills to reopen agen- cies in the coming days, startinch in his fight for funding ing with the Treasury Departfor a border barrier, saying: ment to ensure people re“There’s not going to be any ceive their tax refunds. That bend right here.” effort is designed to squeeze Among the Republicans exSenate Republicans, some of pressing concerns was Sen. whom are growing increasSusan Collins, R-maine, who ingly anxious about the exsaid Senate Majority Leader tended shutdown. Mitch Mcconnell should take
The seemingly intractable up bills from the Democraticbudget showdown marks the led House. first clash for Trump and “Let’s get those reopened Democrats, who now control while the negotiations conthe House. It pits Trump’s untinue,” Collins said on NBC’S predictable negotiating styl“Meet the Press.” Democrats ings against a largely united criticized Mcconnell for waitDemocratic front, as many ing on Trump’s support, but Republicans watch nervously Collins said she was sympafrom the sidelines and hunthetic to Mcconnell’s opposidreds of thousands of federal tion to moving legislationw workers go without pay. without agreement from the
After another round of president. talks led by Vice- President Several Republicans Mike Pence with senior conpushed the Interior Departgressional aides, Trump ment to find money to restaff tweeted that the session had national parks amid growing been “productive.” But two concerns over upkeep and Democrats familiar with the public safety. Senate Minority meeting gave a different take, Leader Chuck Schumer, Dsaying the White House hadt N.Y., suggested Sunday presnot provided the budget desure would mount amid the tails they had requested and shutdown, which he said is again declined to re-openw govdisrupting Transportation Seernment. f curity Administration opera
While insisting he wanted tions, home loans and farmto make a deal, Trump also ers in his state. declared he would not give an
On Sunday, President Donald Trump reaffirmed his commitment to demanding $5.6 billion in taxpayer money to fund a border wall, even if that meant the shutdown would continue.