Donald Trump says government shutdown could last ‘for a long time’

U.S. President Donald Trump center speaks in front of a poster that reads 'Sanctions Are Coming' during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington D.C. U.S. on on Wednesday Jan. 2 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump center speaks in front of a poster that reads 'Sanctions Are Coming' during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington D.C. U.S. on on Wednesday Jan. 2 2019

The shutdown has led to about 800,000 workers being furloughed or expected to work without pay.

As Democrats prepare a flurry of investigations into the conduct of Mr. Trump and the ties between Russian Federation and his presidency and campaign - and as much of the Democratic base and some of the members of the House Democratic caucus clamour to begin impeachment procedures - the fraught relationship between the White House on the one hand and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer on the other is infected by a fresh brawl over immigration.

Vice President Mike Pence, who also participated in Saturday's meeting, described the discussions as "productive" in a tweet.

President of the United States Donald Trump has criticized the desire of the Democrats to raise the issue of his impeachment. "But I think we're going to have some very serious talks come Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday". Collins who has long argued against shutdowns and tried to broker resolutions to past stalemates is one of several senators voicing discomfort with the prolonged closure. Trump suggested Sunday that he, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer could find compromise "in 20 minutes, if they want to". "She went in front of an enthusiastic crowd of her supporters and it was red meat for them".

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.

"It has to be a bipartisan process", Schiff said on CNN's State of the Union.

The president had previously admitted to considering using his emergency powers to build a border wall without congressional approval during a press briefing Friday.

"I can relate", Trump, a former NY businessman, said when asked if he could relate to the pain of federal workers struggling to pay their bills.

"Are you recalibrating your assessment of how you can work with this president?" His administration has already spent millions constructing wall prototypes near the border in San Diego.

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"That is not the position of the House Democratic caucus", Pelosi said on MSNBC of Tlaib's comments.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells "Fox News Sunday" that the White House has been looking at "every option available" to get the needed money, and she says Trump will do "whatever it takes to protect our borders".

On Sunday, Trump threatened again to declare a national emergency to build the wall along the U.S. Mexico border if he could not reach a deal with Democratic congressional leaders. "I think that's, that's by, by intention", Mulvaney, who is serving as the top White House aide in an acting capacity, said.

Sunday's negotiating session will follow a two-and-a-half hour meeting Saturday between Pence, senior Trump adviser Jared Kushner, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and staff for House and Senate leadership.

Previous attempts to pass legislation pairing border security funding with a pathway for citizenship for "Dreamers", though, have failed to secure passage in the Senate.

Mr Trump was "willing to take the concrete wall off the table", Mr Mulvaney told NBC.

"If he has to give up a concrete wall, replace it with a steel fence in order to do that so that Democrats can say, 'See?"

Mr Trump is demanding that any funding to keep the government operational also includes money to help build the wall.

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