Donald Trump uses old tricks in shutdown talks with new Congress

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Taking place a day before Democrats assume control of the House and end a GOP monopoly on government the meeting included McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin and Senate GOP Conference Chair John Thune, as well as incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, though, said he will not take up legislation that Trump has not endorsed, which means the shutdown will continue.

Republican congressional leaders say the president has asked them and top Democrats to return to the White House on Friday for a second briefing on border security as the partial government shutdown continues.

So far, the administration has rejected a proposal from Democrats to re-open government without money to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. "And I think at the end of the day, the president, listening to him, he wants to solve this as well", McCarthy said.

The shutdown was triggered by Trump's demand that Congress allocate more than $5bn in taxpayer money to build a wall along the 2,000-mile border between the U.S. and Mexico - a concession Democrats refuse to make. The White House has called the two-part package a "non-starter".

Trump is now insisting that Congress appropriate $5.7 billion for that project, while Democrats want a short-term spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security and full-year funding for the other affected agencies while funding for the wall is negotiated separately. "We are in a crisis situation, '" one of the officials said, relaying Nielsen's remarks, which were aimed at the Democratic leaders in attendance.

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

The president is demanding more than $5 billion to build new walls along the U.S. -Mexico border, but Democrats held fast to their opposition Wednesday. The other would provide temporary funding for Homeland Security, through February 8, allowing talks to continue over border security.

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In a tweet Wednesday morning, Trump claimed, falsely, that Mexico was already paying for a border wall, thanks to a newly renegotiated trade deal, and that the wall was already largely done but he needed billions of dollars anyway.

"I" m a little disappointed with, I would say, some on the other side", McCarthy continued.

Trump met with congressional leadership from both sides of the aisle Wednesday amid an on-going partial government shutdown.

Making his case ahead of the afternoon session with Democratic and Republican leaders, he said the current border is "like a sieve" and noted the tear gas "flying" overnight to deter arrivals.

When asked by a reporter if he would accept less than $5 billion, Trump said: "I'd rather not say it".

Asked about Romney's comments, Trump expressed surprise on Wednesday and said he hoped the Republican senator would prove to be a "team player". He promised "six more years of great success".

"We are giving the Republicans the opportunity to take yes for an answer", she wrote in a letter to colleagues.

The shutdown began December 22. "Senate Republicans have already supported this legislation, and if they reject it now, they will be fully complicit in chaos and destruction of the President's third shutdown of his term". Major agencies like the Pentagon and the Health and Human Services Department have already been funded through the end of the fiscal year September 30, thanks to spending bills passed by Congress earlier last year.

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