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Who blinks first will matter in Trump, Democrats’ wall fight

19 January 2019

The partial government shutdown is inflicting far greater damage on the USA economy than the Trump administration previously estimated, the White House acknowledged.

The White House on Thursday had blocked Pelosi from using a military plane for a congressional trip with other high-ranking Democrats to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels and then Afghanistan.

President Donald Trump (2R) argues about border security with Sen.

Majorities disapprove of the way Trump (61%), Republicans in Congress (60%) and Democrats in Congress (53%) are handling negotiations over the shutdown, according to Pew Research.

"One sophomoric response does not deserve another", Graham said.

The White House hasn't immediately responded to a request for comment about Pelosi's request, which she made in a letter to the president. Democrats, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, insist on reopening the government before negotiating the budget for border security.

The shutdown fight over border wall funding offers a preview of Trump's 2020 campaign and fear will be its reigning idiom because that's what makes his base "go nuts".

"The right thing would be for the government to be open that day", he said.

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The uncertainty surrounding the annual address also underscored the unraveling of ceremonial norms and niceties in Trump's Washington, amid the shutdown over the president's demand for money to build a U.S. -Mexico border wall. The United States government has been shut for a month now, the second major shutdown during the presidency of Donald Trump. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., among those who went to the White House. They will not be paid for time worked since the shutdown began in December until the situation is resolved, said the notice, which was signed by William Todd, the deputy undersecretary of state for management. The partial government shutdown has reached its 28th day.

A senior White House official downplayed that new estimate on Wednesday as their boss met with the Problem Solvers and a bipartisan group of senators talked about a way out of the border wall standoff - but none emerged for the 26th consecutive day.

Trump has told confidants in recent days that he is determined to secure some sort of concession from Democratic lawmakers for border barrier funding, even if it means a prolonged partial government shutdown, two sources familiar with the president's thinking told TheDC. "In light of the grave threats caused by the President's action, the delegation has chose to postpone the trip so as not to further endanger our troops and security personnel, or the other travelers on the flights", Hammill said.

Americans also have more confidence in Trump's ability to make economic policies than they do in his ability to handle other matters effectively.

While the hit to the overall economy so far remains slight, economists foresee real damage if the shutdown drags into February or beyond.

Another message, this one from "Team Trump", urged supporters to sign a petition to "ensure Dems get the message and FUND THE WALL".

An effort by the White House to divide House Democrats fizzled when centrist and freshmen Democrats didn't accept a White House invitation to lunch with Trump on Tuesday. They had been warned off such a strategy by Vice President Mike Pence and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who told them Trump opposed such a short-term fix, but the senators pressed on anyway, trying to get 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans to join.

Who blinks first will matter in Trump, Democrats’ wall fight