Trump says Demo­crat lead­ers must make deal to end shut­down

Pres­i­dent holds fast to de­mand for bor­der wall fund­ing

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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.

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