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

03 January 2019

At a cabinet meeting prior to the briefing, Trump warned that parts of the government would could remain closed for a "a long time" without a deal. "Could have a lot easier presidency by doing nothing. but I'm here, I want to do it right", Trump said in wide-ranging remarks from the Cabinet room minutes before briefing on border security with top national security officials and top lawmakers from both parties.

Trump also rejected his own administration's offer to accept $2.5 billion for the wall. Instead, on Wednesday Trump repeatedly pushed for the $5.6 billion he has demanded.

"They are now feeling the heat", Schumer said.

"She'll cut your head off and you won't even know you're bleeding", Pelosi said about her mother.

He described border officials as "very tough" at keeping immigrants out.

The commander in chief also lamented spending Christmas alone in the White House while his family celebrated the holidays at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. They can not easily claim that their own bill they just voted for in the Senate is soft on border security. "And that is why on January 3rd, when the new Democratic House majority arrives, we will bring the hope, vision and goals of effective governance back to the forefront".

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"We're asking the president to open the government", she told reporters on the White House driveway.

Pence proposed a compromise nearly two weeks ago in a closed-door meeting with Democrats just hours before a shutdown of parts of government that lacked appropriations for the current fiscal year.

Congress will feature the largest number of progressive lawmakers in many years, and they appear to be in no mood to appease a president who is standing firm on his pursuit of funding for a wall on the southern border with Mexico.

"Government shutdowns should be as off-limits to budget negotiations as chemical weapons are to warfare", Alexander wrote.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise confirmed McCarthy's account of the meeting.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to become speaker on Thursday, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer planned to attend.

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"Senate Republicans have already supported this legislation, and if they reject it now, they will be fully complicit in chaos and destruction of the President's third shutdown of his term."

The top Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate emerged from the White House talks giving no indication they've changed their positions on Trump's demand for $5 billion to fund a border wall.

Democrats take control of the House of Representatives on Thursday, when the 2019-2020 Congress convenes.

Mr Trump spent the weekend saying Democrats should return to Washington to negotiate, firing off Twitter taunts.

"If he doesn't build the wall, the next president will be a Democrat", she added at the end of the interview. The incoming House Republican leader, Kevin McCarthy, said Trump invited leaders back to the White House on Friday. That's really problematic, especially for a state like Texas.

But he seemed to shift tactics later in the day, appealing to Ms Pelosi.

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"Walls work", Trump said at a Cabinet meeting, with a poster of himself lying on the table in front of him. The Senate passed that bill unanimously and then Trump refused to sign it, at which point the House declined to bring it up for a vote.

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