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Trump to give primetime address, head to border as shutdown continues

08 January 2019

"While President Trump threatens to keep the government shut down for "years", Democrats are taking immediate further action to re-open government, so that we can meet the needs of the American people, protect our borders and respect our workers", Pelosi said.

Talks led by Vice President Mike Pence to resolve the government shutdown have failed to reach an agreement over President Donald Trump's demand for money from Congress for a border wall with Mexico.

Mr. Pence and other top administration officials held talks with Democratic congressional staffers over the weekend, but lawmakers won't take part in the discussions until President Trump agrees to reopen the government.

"It is not a sign of weakness to try to figure out a middle ground, and I think that both sides need to indicate a willingness to listen and to compromise", said US Senator Susan Collins of Maine on NBC.

Democrats took control of the House last Thursday.

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

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

"But it'll be less obtrusive, stronger, and we're able to use our great companies to make it, by using steel", Trump told reporters at the White House on his return from Camp David.

Mr Trump visited the southern border last March.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders announced on Twitter that Mr Trump would make a trip to the border on Thursday (local time) and said details would be released soon.

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Democratic US Senator Dick Durbin reacted coolly to Mr Trump's suggestion of declaring a national emergency.

Trump's recent remarks about a possible emergency declaration appear to reiterate remarks he made days ago at a January 4 open press conference in the Rose Garden.

Trump's allies say he is simply keeping a longstanding campaign promise and they frame his focus on his base as a smart strategy, since he will need to energize those supporters for his re-election campaign. He said they indicated this because it came up in the weekend meetings when the staffers asked where additional funding for border security would come from.

Trump said he planned to call the heads of American steel companies in hopes of coming up with a new design for the barrier he contends must be built along the southern border. It may have been a tactic created to push Democrats to do a deal but Trump's opponents said such a move would be, in the words of congressman Adam Schiff, a "non-starter", subject to fierce opposition and legal challenges. The White House had signaled it would consider the plan.

"I can relate", Trump said.

But the 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.

Large chunks of the federal government were shut down on December 22 after lawmakers and the president hit an impasse over Trump's demands to build a wall.

As a new work week began in the United States, about 380,000 government workers remained furloughed, while another 420,000 were deemed essential and required to work with no idea when they will receive their next paycheck. She has long argued against them and tried to broker resolutions to past stalemates.

Many workers, but by no means all, are likely to get back pay when the shutdown is resolved.

Trump to give primetime address, head to border as shutdown continues