Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
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Trump will head back to the border Thursday amid shutdown standoff

Trump will head back to the border Thursday amid shutdown standoff

Despite numerous meetings at the White House over the weekend between staffers of congressional leaders and Vice President Mike Pence, acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, negotiations seem to have yielded little progress.

"I can relate, and I'm sure the people who are on the receiving end will make adjustments; they always do", Trump said.

As a new work week began in the United States, several hundred thousand government workers remained at home while hundreds of thousands more are continuing to report for work with no idea when they will receive their next paycheck.

Trump is showing no signs of budging on his demand for more than $5 billion for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

Collins, one of at least three Senate Republicans who've called for reopening government while the debate over the wall continues, said she'd like to see Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell bring House-passed appropriation bills to the floor.

The President is also reportedly planning a primetime address this week as well. According to a Friday article by elections analyst Nathaniel Rakich from statistical website FiveThirtyEight, early poll numbers showed Americans overwhelmingly blaming Trump for the government shutdown.

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.

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Meanwhile, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) confirmed that Trump does have the authority to call a national emergency on the grounds of border security. "They just are unwilling to let this president win", Sanders said.

He has also said he is considering declaring a national emergency so he could bypass US Congress and get the funding.

Trump is betting that by demanding a see-through steel barrier along the border and by changing its nomenclature that Democrats can claim a victory in changing his demands and still provide funds for border security. During the Korean War in 1952, President Harry Truman sought to take over USA steel factories to keep them producing in the face of a planned national strike by industry workers.

The White House warned again that the shutdown could last for some time while suggesting that the offer of a steel barrier was an olive branch to Democrats.

"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 on Tapper's "State of the Union" Sunday.

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"I never threaten anybody but I am allowed to do that, yes", Trump said. Democrats are standing firm on offering no taxpayer money for the project, which Trump had asserted would be funded by Mexico. Democrats want to ensure that they are shielded from deportation but have refused to link the issue with a deal on wall funding. Every hour that goes by this week without a deal makes it more and more likely that some 800,000 federal workers - even those who have been required to work over the 17 days of the partial shutdown, would not be getting paid.

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