Trump says 'not much headway' in talks to end U.S. government shutdown

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President Donald Trump held out little hope Sunday that another round of talks between top aides and congressional staff would produce meaningful progress toward ending the partial government shutdown, seeming to undercut his team by saying he needed to deal directly with Democratic leaders.

Trump is demanding that any funding to keep the federal government operational also include US$5.6 billion (S$7.6 billion) to begin building a US$23 billion a wall along the USA border with Mexico.

"If we don't find a solution, it's going to go on for a long time".

As the president continues to press his case for the wall, Democrats, newly in the majority in the House of Representatives, said they would seek passage of individual appropriations bills to force some parts of the government to reopen. That effort is created to squeeze Senate Republicans, some of whom are growing increasingly anxious about the extended shutdown.

"Not much headway made today".

"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.

"We have to build the wall", Trump told reporters as he left the White House for the Camp David presidential retreat.

House Democrats plan to pass a series of bills this week to reopen government, breaking up legislation they have already approved in a bid to get Republicans to agree to reopen certain agencies, Hoyer said on "Meet the Press".

"I don't know, we'll see", the new speaker said.

"I think that we have to talk about border security".

Trump had once vowed to build a concrete border wall, but now says the barrier will be made of steel slats.

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The surveys all pointed toward the same conclusion: In the minds of most Americans, Trump was largely to blame.

Among the Republicans expressing concerns was Sen.

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney speaking in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, US, March 16, 2017.

"Let's get those [departments] reopened while negotiations continue". And on public interactions of the affected departments - such as national monuments, parks and museums. some of who have shut down or are running unattended. And Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., suggested Sunday that pressure would only mount amid the shutdown, which he said is disrupting Transportation Security Administration operations, home loans and farmers in his state.

Adding to concerns, federal workers might miss this week's paychecks.

A White House official told CNN on Saturday that Trump was leaning towards declaring a national emergency to use military funding for his wall.

Trump said on Friday he "may" attempt to invoke emergency powers to build the wall, although such a move would be expected to face legal action.

Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called it a "non-starter".

Trump said Friday he could declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress and build the wall, though budget experts said Congress would still need to allocate the funds. "I'm sure that the people that are on the receiving end will make adjustments".

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

"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? He's not building a wall anymore, ' that should help us move in the right direction", Mulvaney said.

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