White House signals some compromise in ending USA government shutdown

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Trump is demanding that any funding to keep the federal government operational also include US$5.6 billion (S$7.6 billion) to begin building a US$23 billion a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Later in the afternoon, Trump told reporters, "We're looking at a national emergency because we have a national emergency".

He has insisted that the wall is essential to addressing illegal immigration and drug trafficking, while Democrats have slapped the proposal as an "inefficient, unnecessary and costly" solution to strengthening border security.

The White House said funding was not discussed in-depth, but the administration was clear they needed funding for a wall and that they wanted to resolve the shutdown all at once. "GOP lost entitlement to policing women's behavior a long time ago". U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, on Thursday called for an end to the shutdown, even without a deal for a border wall, while U.S. Sen.

The negotiations are continuing as a partial government shutdown has left more than 800,000 federal employees furloughed or working without pay. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should take up bills the Democratic-led House will start sending over to re-open the government.

"The barrier, or the wall, can be of steel instead of concrete, if that helps people".

Senior White House adviser, and Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen were involved in the meeting Saturday, with Nielsen briefing those in attendance on border security.

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Yesterday, newly-elected Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi did not exclude the possibility of Trump's impeachment, however, she noted that the Democrats were waiting for the results of the investigation on Russia's interference in the US presidential elections.

A delegation of top White House aides led by Vice President Mike Pence will meet again with congressional staff on Sunday after a two-and-a-half hour discussion Saturday was unable to forge a deal and Trump said on Twitter that "not much headway" was made. Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union", Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called the idea a "nonstarter". "This is a very important battle to win from the standpoint of safety, number one, defining our country and who we are".

The $5.6 billion he wants for a border wall is at the center of the partial government shutdown which is stretching into the third week.

"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?" A day earlier, he had tweeted he didn't care that "most of the workers not getting paid are Democrats".

Trump said on Friday he "may" attempt to invoke emergency powers to build the wall, although such a move would be expected to face legal action.

That's despite the fact that his administration has already spent millions constructing wall prototypes near the border in San Diego. The president has said he is willing to continue the shutdown "for years" until there is funding for the wall that he promised Mexico would pay for during his successful presidential campaign. The president tweeted on December 18 that "we are not building a Concrete Wall, we are building artistically designed steel slats, so that you can easily see through it". Mexico has refused. He's now demanding the money from Congress.

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