Latest White House Meeting on Government Shutdown Resolves Nothing

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President Donald Trump criticized congressional Democrats for obstructing his plans to fund a border wall while talking to reporters Wednesday.

The White House visit by Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer was their first since their televised showdown with Trump in the Oval Office last month.

After a White House meeting on Sunday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump was receptive to Graham's idea of a deal that might provide work permits to Dreamer immigrants in exchange for money for physical border barriers. NBC's Savannah Guthrie asked Pelosi in an interview slated to air in full Thursday. Nor can they pin the blame on Pelosi for not retaking up the alternative House bill that included Trump's wall funding, because that bill was rejected by the Senate. At the start of his cabinet meeting, Trump said the border was "like a sieve" and insisted the U.S. needed a "physical barrier" to deter illegal border crossers. The incoming House Republican leader, Kevin McCarthy, said Trump invited leaders back to the White House on Friday. "Nothing for the wall".

"Our question to the President and to the Republicans is, 'Why don't you accept what you have already done to open up government?' " asked California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the presumed new House speaker, referring to a bipartisan, Senate-passed funding measure, albeit one Trump has never publicly endorsed. And her first immediate challenge will be how to break President Donald Trump's childish federal government shutdown over his border wall. Conservative pundits lambasted the deal, and Trump quickly caved.

Trump spoke during a White House meeting with his Cabinet as the partial government shutdown continues into its 12th day.

The White House is calling the Democratic plan a "non-starter", saying it fails to secure the border and puts the needs of other countries above the needs of its own citizens.

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Ahead of the afternoon session with Democratic and Republican leaders, Trump said the current border is "like a sieve" and noted the tear gas "flying" overnight to deter arrivals. Funding for Trump's pet project, a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, has been the sticking point in passing budgets. Once that happens, their hope is that the tide will turn against Trump and he'll be pressured to give up on the wall funding. More important, what extra money does come in will be from tariffs, which are paid by people in the US, not Mexico.

"We're asking the president to open the government", she told reporters on the White House driveway. His demand infuriated many Republicans who had been working to avoid a shutdown, but most have followed his lead and are insisting Democrats broker some sort of compromise.

"They are now feeling the heat", Schumer said.

CNN's Phil Mattingly also reported that Trump did not want to look foolish and said so when Schumer pressed him for a third time for a reason. That measure would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to September 30.

Meanwhile, the effects of the partial government shutdown are becoming more apparent. Democrats intend to introduce a pair of funding bills that would end the shutdown, but without federal funding for a border wall.

House Democrats Thursday plan to pass two bills: one to fund the Homeland Security department at current levels through February 8, which would continue $1.3 billion in border barrier funding; and the other to fund the rest of the government through September 30, at levels negotiated on a bipartisan basis in the Senate.

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