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Trump, Democrats trade jibes as partial government shutdown rumbles on

Trump, Democrats trade jibes as partial government shutdown rumbles on”

A Democratic source familiar with the negotiations said real discussions have been happening between Democratic lawmakers and Republican Senator Richard Shelby, the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, who has been talking to the White House. Democrats have ardently rejected Trump's demands for $5 billion to build the wall, and anticipate more leverage once they take the House majority in January.

Vice President Mike Pence returned to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday afternoon to make an offer to the chamber's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer of NY.

A senior Trump administration official told reporters on a conference call that Democrats must accept physical barriers on the border as part of any deal.

Senators have approved a bipartisan deal to keep the government open into February and provide $1.3 billion for border security projects, but not the wall. Trump campaigned on building a wall, which he'd originally said Mexico would pay for.

The Senate passed a giant funding bill nine months ago that provided $1.57 billion for border security, including a limited amount of "pedestrian fencing" and 'secondary fencing'.

A gate leading to public restrooms is locked at the Ellipse visitor center near the National Christmas Tree that is currently closed to the public due to the partial shutdown

Asked why Trump doesn't accept the $1.6 billion for border security that Democrats have offered, Graham said it's because Democrats offered the money previous year, signifying their unwillingness to work with the president to find compromise.

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers faced a partial government shutdown early Saturday after Democrats refused to meet President Donald Trump's demands for $5 billion to start erecting a border wall with Mexico.

Irate with Powell for a series of modest interest rate increases that Trump claims have hampered the USA economy, the president expressed his disdain for the Fed chairman once more.

On the second day of the partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump is again turning to Twitter to try to make his case for a border wall with Mexico - the sticking point in the budget impasse with Congress.

According to a report by Democrats on the senate appropriations committee, more than 420,000 federal employees deemed essential would continue to work without pay during a partial shutdown, including about 41,000 law enforcement and corrections officers and almost 150,000 Homeland Security employees.

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In fact, a top White House official warned the shutdown could stretch into January.

Federal employees had already been granted an extra day of holiday on Christmas Eve, thanks to an executive order Trump signed last week.

Indeed, Democrats believe they have a stronger hand in the faceoff against a president who said he would be "proud" to force a shutdown - rarely popular among the broader public - in the name of tighter border security.

Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer said Mr Trump "threw a temper tantrum and convinced House Republicans to push our nation into a destructive Trump shutdown in the middle of the holiday season".

It is the third partial government shutdown of the year, even though Trump's own Republican Party still controls both the House of Representatives and the Senate. It's a spectacle. And, candidly, it's juvenile. After every previous shutdown, Congress has passed legislation to retroactively pay employees.

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"If you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall, plain and simple", Schumer said, accusing Trump of supporting an inefficient wall that would end up "swindling the American taxpayer".

On issues overseas, Trump acted against the advice of his national security advisers and issued a surprise decision to pull troops from Syria.

Mulvaney appeared on "Fox News Sunday" and ABC's "This Week".

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