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Pelosi accuses White House of 'dangerous' leak

Pelosi accuses White House of 'dangerous' leak

Pelosi was leading a delegation that included the chairs of the House Intelligence and Veterans' Affairs committees; Trump's 11th-hour order caused the bus carrying the delegation to turn around on its way to the airport. Several did not back Pelosi as speaker.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC and Democratic Sen.

To strike a deal temporarily reopening government, the commitment from Democrats "would have to be pretty strong to get something done" on the wall, Rounds said.

The mess in the United States capital already verged on the surreal as Congress feuds with the White House over how to end an impasse now in its fourth week, with thousands of federal workers left unpaid. Economic optimism had already cooled somewhat as Trump's trade fight with China shook the markets.

The letter was widely interpreted as Trump's response to Pelosi's decision earlier this week to effectively rescind her pro-forma invitation to the president to deliver the state of the union, a hotly anticipated, internationally televised highlight of the congressional season that was sure to feature plenty of shutdown-fuelled, anti-Democrat rhetoric.

As the shutdown enters its fourth week, the White House revealed to The New York Times on Tuesday that the USA economy is losing.13% economic growth per week. Chris Coons, D-Del., to reopen the government for three weeks while talks continue.

"People are very impressed with how well government is working with the circumstances that we're under", Trump said.

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The partial shutdown - the longest in US history - is in its fourth week. However, the government employees will not be compensated until the lapse in appropriations ends. The federal government remains shut down for one reason, and one reason only.

The White House has not responded to Pelosi's leak claim. Although she cited the shutdown's effect on security, she appeared to want to deny the president one of his chief annual moments in the limelight.

The House and Senate announced they are canceling next week's planned recess if the shutdown continues, which seemed likely. 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.

It's becoming clear that the shutdown is an issue for American's perceptions of the government.

Behind the scenes, though, the administration - and its allies on Capitol Hill - are warily eyeing the next payday, hoping to reach a resolution before next week's Tuesday deadline when they'll need to prepare the next round of paychecks for workers who have been seeing zeros on their pay slips.

While Democratic members are fearful of being used as pawns in White House meetings like Wednesday's gathering with the Problem Solvers, Trump's strategy is to do just that by turning public opinion over the partial shutdown in his favor as multiple polls show a majority of Americans blame him - and to a lesser degree Republican lawmakers. Like the White House senior official, this source described a new proposal as Democrats essentially negotiating against themselves.

House Democrats who had been slated for the trip were left fuming, including freshman congresswoman Elaine Luria, a 20-year Navy veteran who said the goal was to express appreciation to Americans in uniform and gain critical intelligence on the ground.


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