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Trump holds firm on wall, but offers 'bizarre' compromise

Trump holds firm on wall, but offers 'bizarre' compromise

Outside the White House on Sunday, Trump said he "can relate" to the federal employees who aren't being paid during the shutdown.

Pelosi said: "This action is necessary so that the American people can receive their tax refunds on schedule".

"Many of those people, maybe most of those people, that really have not been - and will not be getting their money in at this moment - those people, in many cases, are the biggest fan of what we're doing", said trump on Friday.

Large chunks of the federal government were shut down on December 22 after lawmakers and the president hit an impasse over Mr Trump's demand that a bill to keep the federal government operational include money to help build a US$23 billion wall along the USA border with Mexico.

Mr. Trump has argued that Capitol Hill Democrats only oppose his $5.6 billion request for border security, including a wall or barrier on the southern border, to stop him from fulfilling a top campaign promise.

Earlier in the day, Trump has asked USA television networks for a chance to address the nation on Tuesday to explain the continuing partial U.S. government shutdown and the need for a border wall, New York Times reports said on Monday.

We're in week three of the partial government shutdown.

Donald Trump remained resolute in his demand for funding for a border wall on Sunday as negotiations between Democrats and Republicans, to strike a deal and reopen the USA government, stalled. -Mexico border as he doubles down on his demand for a wall amid the ongoing government shutdown.

6 he is considering whether to declare a national emergency in order to obtain funding for the U.S. -Mexico border wall.




But Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said that while he thought the shutdown was "going to drag on a lot longer", Trump's shift in wall materials could provide a semantic opening to advance the talks.

"Look, if Harry Truman couldn't nationalize the steel industry during wartime, this president doesn't have the power to declare an emergency and build a multibillion-dollar wall on the border", Schiff said of the former president on CNN.

He tells reporters as he departs the White House for meetings at Camp David that he'll be asking the companies to design "a attractive steel product" and "we'll use that as our barrier".

"We can call a national emergency and build it very quickly", possibly using the Army Corps of Engineers, he added. "I think that's by intention", he said.

'I may declare national emergency dependent on what going to happen in the next few days, ' Trump said. It's been done a number of times.' No doubt, but let's get our deal done in Congress!,' the president tweeted Monday.

"We won't be opening until it's solved", Trump said.

Democrats on Sunday released the text of four appropriations bills to immediately fund key parts of the federal government. And hundreds of government scientists say they will miss crucial opportunities to exchange research and ideas because the shutdown is stopping them from attending major scientific conferences about technology, space exploration and climate change.

"That should help us move in the right direction", said Mr Mulvaney, who is also the head of the Office of Management and Budget. Democrats want to ensure that they are shielded from deportation but have refused to link the issue with a deal on wall funding.


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