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White House calls Democrats’ plan to end shutdown ‘non-starter’

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump invited Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress to the White House on Wednesday for a border security briefing on the 12th day of a partial federal government shutdown triggered by the Republican president’s demand for $5 billion in border wall funding. Senior Department of Homeland Security officials will brief the congressional leaders, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, on the last day of the Republican-controlled 2017-2018 Congress. It was unclear if the meeting…

Trump says U.S. govt shutdown to last until agreement on border wall

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the partial shutdown of the federal government was going to last until his demand for funds to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is met. The U.S. government partially shut down on Saturday, and there is not yet any sign of tangible efforts to reopen agencies closed by a political impasse over Trump’s demand for border wall funds.  “I can’t tell you when the government is going to reopen,” Trump said, speaking after a Christmas Day video conference with U.S.…

Trump, Republican senators meet to thrash out wall-funding dilemma

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump met with Republican senators on Friday after threatening a “very long” government shutdown just hours ahead of a midnight deadline, demanding $5 billion for border wall funding and seeking to shift blame for a holiday showdown to Democrats. The Republicans gathered at the White House at 10:30 a.m. (1730 GMT) to discuss the dilemma. Senator Richard Shelby said he doubted the issue would be resolved on Friday, and John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said there may be room…

As Trump renews border wall demands, U.S. government shutdown looms

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s renewed demand for U.S. taxpayer funding of his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall was threatening again on Tuesday to bring on a budget standoff and a partial government shutdown, leaving Congress just 11 days to act. With time running short, Trump and Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives huddled at the White House. Representative Steve Scalise, who attended the meeting, later told Fox News: “It’s all about border security and $5 billion is the number” for the…

Trump warns of government shutdown next month over border security

PALM BEACH: U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Thursday there could be a government shutdown next month over security on the border with Mexico, suggesting he could hold up a funding deal if no more money is provided for a wall between the two countries. “Could there be a shut down? There certainly could and it will be about border security, of which the wall is a part,” Trump told reporters in Palm Beach, Florida. The U.S. Congress faces a deadline next month to fund parts of the federal government and a possible…