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No End in Sight to US Government Shutdown


7Dnews London

Sun, 06 Jan 2019 11:16 GMT

Further meetings between White House officials and Congressional aides have proven unsuccessful and the partial US government shutdown will continue. 

Following the failure to break the deadlock on Saturday January 5th, the official plan is to reconvene Sunday January 6th, with the hope of finding a breakthrough. 

Following the meeting, President Donald Trump tweeted: "Not much headway made today." The president later tweeted that he planned to go to the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland, on Sunday morning. He added that he was going to discuss border security and other topics with senior staff. 

Democrats agreed with the assessment that little progress had been made, saying the president was refusing to budge on his demand of $5.6-billion to build a wall between the U S and Mexico. 

White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said after the meeting that Democrats attended the meeting with the aim of stalling, while in response, Democrats said the White House's position was "untenable."

While the talks remain stalled, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said the House Democrats would begin approving individual bills so that shut-down departments could be reopened. One such department the House Democrats hope to reopen is the Treasury, so that Americans will be able to receive their tax refunds.

"While President Trump threatens to keep the government shut down for 'years', Democrats are taking immediate further action to re-open government, so that we can meet the needs of the American people, protect our borders and respect our workers," said Pelosi.

Mulvaney said Trump is prepared to make a deal. He added that Trump was willing to forgo a concrete wall for one in steel or other materials. 

According to AP, the president has previously said that his definition of a wall is flexible. But many Democrats see the wall as immoral and would rather use other means to ensure border security. 

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