Rep. Crenshaw: Wall Crucial Part of Border Security

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President Donald Trump warned that the partial shutdown of the USA government, which entered its 12th day on Wednesday, could last a "long time" as he stood firm in his demand for billions of dollars in funding for a border wall with Mexico.

Senior Department of Homeland Security officials will brief the congressional leaders, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, on the last day of the Republican-controlled 2017-2018 Congress. We want to solve that issue. "And I think at the end of the day, the president, listening to him, he wants to solve this as well", McCarthy said.

Trump has invited congressional leaders to return to the White House on Friday to resume negotiations, but the signals coming from the White House and from Democrats right now seem to suggest neither side is willing to bend at this point. Sen. The House is expected to pass that plan shortly after Democrats take control of the lower chamber when the new Congress is gaveled in on Thursday.

The White House visit by Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer was their first since their televised showdown with Trump in the Oval Office last month. Once that happens, their hope is that the tide will turn against Trump and he'll be pressured to give up on the wall funding.

Democrats promised to use the White House gathering to push back on the President, who repeated his desire for more than US$5 billion in taxpayer money to build 320km of wall along the US-Mexico border, a demand Democrats have repeatedly denied.

After Democrats won the House in 2018, Pelosi became poised to challenge President Donald Trump and Republicans on a number of high-profile issues like immigration and the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump even rejected a lower, US$2.5 billion offer Vice-President Mike Pence had extended to Democrats shortly before Christmas.

"No, we are not giving up", Trump added.

US President Donald Trump made a series of false claims today as he dug in on his demands for border wall funding.

Trump warns US govt shutdown could last 'a long time'

Other members of the administration chimed in during the Cabinet meeting, with praise for Trump's stance.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers after the meeting indicated little progress was made toward ending the partial government shutdown and that they agreed to reconvene Friday. "And we've got to have someone who cannot just go on MSNBC, but go on Fox and Fox Business and CNBC, and go into union halls and fish fries and churches all over the country and start a brush fire about what a new Democratic Party looks like".

Trump talked in December about border security with Schumer and Pelosi.

McConnell has said Senate Republicans will not approve a spending measure that Trump does not support. Senate Republicans are reluctant to consider the House bills unless they know the president is on board.

Even if only symbolic, passage of the bills in the House would put fresh pressure on the president.

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

Administration officials said he believed he had public opinion and his base on his side.

Whether the Republican-led Senate would consider the Democratic funding bills - or if Trump would sign either into law - was unclear. That was 30 years ago.

Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump told voters that drugs, criminals, and terrorists were flooding into the US across the Mexico border. The lawmakers were frustrated that Trump had dismissed their earlier legislation. Graham said Trump was "open-minded" about his proposal.

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