No breakthrough in shutdown talks as Trump stands by demands

No breakthrough in shutdown talks as Trump stands by demands

No breakthrough in shutdown talks as Trump stands by demands

An impasse with lawmakers over funding for the border wall - Trump is demanding $5.6 billion, while Senate Democrats have offered $1.3 billion - has partially shut down the federal government since December 22.

Talks aimed at ending a partial U.S. government shutdown which entered its third week on Saturday made little progress but were to continue on Sunday, President Donald Trump said.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said in a separate interview on the same program that talks on Saturday to reopen the government "did not make much progress".

"I may declare a national emergency, dependent on what's going to happen over the next few days", Trump told reporters on his way to meetings with senior White House staff at Camp David. He said Mexico would pay for the wall through a new trade deal, though there are no such terms in the still-unratified deal. "It's criminals, it's drugs, it's human trafficking, where they grab women and sell them". But Democrats have made clear they see a wall as immoral and ineffective and prefer other types of border security funded at already agreed upon levels.

The letter includes a request for $800 million for "urgent humanitarian needs", a reflection of the growing anxiety over migrants traveling to the border - which the White House said Democrats raised in the meetings.

But Trump and his top officials have also pointed to misleading statistics to suggest terrorists are attempting to enter the United States through the southern border.

"The Army Corps of Engineers is dialed in on doing this cost effectively and with the right amount of urgency as to where we can build additional stand-up walls quickly and then get after the threat", Shanahan said.

However, the interviewer immediately called her out, citing the government's own information that none of those individuals arrived across the southern border.

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"Let's get those reopened while the negotiations continue", she told NBC.

Trump, the author of "The Art of the Deal", promised during his campaign that he could bring unmatched dealmaking skills to the White House.

"Our objective in the meeting at the White House was to open up government", Pelosi said.

Asked earlier Sunday whether he found a wall made out of steel more acceptable, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) flatly said "no". It's been done a number of times but primarily it's been done to build facilities in Afghanistan and Iraq and in this case, I think the president would be wide open to a court challenge, saying 'where's the emergency?'" Smith told George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" on Sunday "You have to establish that in order to do this.

Mulvaney said the request could drag out negotiations.

In a rambling Rose Garden appearance on Friday, Trump described his meeting with congressional leaders as productive, after Democrats claimed otherwise.

Democratic staffers asked administration officials to lay out in formal detail the funding request for the border - including its specific security requests, what the money would be used for, and what in the Homeland Security budget the administration would cut to make the numbers work, The Washington Post reported.

He said the president has invited Democratic leaders back to the White House this week for new talks, but so far there has been no response. As the National Park Service announced Sunday that it would start using money from park entrance fees to cover costs during the shutdown, some Democrats said that was not allowed under federal law.

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