Pence: Democrats Refusing To Negotiate On Shutdown

Pence: Democrats Refusing To Negotiate On Shutdown

Trump tweeted on Monday that he intends to address the nation on Tuesday evening about the "humanitarian and national security crisis" on the southern border.

Trump, however, now is saying he would agree to a steel barrier instead of a concrete wall he has long vowed to build. "It's about safety, it's about security for our country".

"Are you recalibrating your assessment of how you can work with this president?"

"I may declare a national emergency dependent on what's going to happen over the next few days", Trump told reporters outside of the White House on Sunday as he prepared to go to Camp David, according to CNN. There, Democratic sources familiar with the meeting said that the administration "doubled down" on its proposal, which initiated the shutdown on December 22. Schiff's comment about Truman referenced the 33rd president's seizure of the steel industries in 1952, a decision that was later overturned by the Supreme Court. He said Trump had painted himself into a corner and needs to "figure out how he unpaints himself from that corner".

The visit comes amid the continuing partial government shutdown and the President's insistence that any funding bill to reopen federal agencies include US$5.7 billion for his border wall. Construction of a border wall was a centerpiece of Trump's presidential campaign, although he said the government of Mexico would pay for it.

Goitein also cautioned that a resort to emergency powers in the current situation - in the midst of a standoff with lawmakers that has produced a partial government shutdown - could be considered an abuse of the president's power.

Mr. Trump has visited the border in the past.

Democrats in the House of Representatives plan to starting passing legislation aimed at funding individual agencies that have been shuttered, but the president says he is opposed to a piecemeal approach that does not resolve his demand for a wall.

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Asked earlier Sunday whether he found a wall made out of steel more acceptable, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) flatly said "no".

Representatives from the White House and from Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill did meet on the White House grounds Saturday and Sunday, but that yielded little progress.

Both Democrats and Republicans have attempted to pin the blame the other side for the shutdown - a disruptive political ritual nearly unique to the American system.

In a tweet, Trump sought to put a positive spin on the ongoing negotiations, describing them as "productive" and declaring that "we are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete". "It really depends on the Democrats".

Democrats also took aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has been uncharacteristically disengaged from the shutdown talks as Trump has repeatedly shifted course. He must take the issue directly to Americans, who seem largely bewildered by the rationale for the current government shutdown - in reality, Democrats simply refuse point blank to fund the wall to the tune of $5 billion.

"If the Democrats want to keep their impeachment talk - where we know there is no collusion, where we've been transparent and cooperative in the process - that's a losing strategy for them", Schlapp said on "America's Newsroom" Monday. As the National Park Service announced Sunday that it would start using money from park entrance fees to cover costs during the shutdown, some Democrats said that was not allowed under federal law.

Pelosi said: "This action is necessary so that the American people can receive their tax refunds on schedule".