Partial government shutdown continues

Partial government shutdown continues

Partial government shutdown continues

Fox News's Outnumbered is down on President Donald Trump's wall - predicting it's not going to happen and that the president is in for a "tough ride" if he thinks otherwise.

But congressional Democrats are insisting Trump will get nothing near the US$5 billion he has demanded for the wall.

Trump declined to tell reporters Wednesday what amount of wall funding he would accept to end the shutdown.

Following weeks of failed talks between Trump and congressional leaders, parts of the US government shut down on Saturday, affecting about 800,000 employees of the Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation and other agencies.

"I can't tell you when the government is going to be open", he said.

Trump vowed to hold the line, telling reporters as he flew to Iraq that he'll do "whatever it takes" to get funding for border security.

High on the laundry list was the Democrats, whom he blamed for a partial government shutdown which dragged into its 4th day - paralyzing key federal services such as national parks - with no end in sight.

Trump has made clear in public comments and tweets that he believes Powell is hurting the United States economy and contributing to stock market losses - two things that need to be strong to improve Trump's re-election chances.

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"So President Trump, if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall, plain and simple", Schumer said.

On day five of a partial government shutdown, negotiations among Democrats, Republicans and the White House appear to be going nowhere. They said they just want their jobs back.

The impasse has left about 420,000 federal workers working without pay and another 380,000 furloughed.

President Trump may deserve all the heat he's getting for his bumbling role in triggering a government shutdown over border-wall funding, but Democrats - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in particular - are no angels.

"These federal workers want the wall". During prior shutdowns, lawmakers generally have voted to retroactively pay all employees - those who worked and those who were furloughed - after the government re-opens.

Democrats who oppose the measure are showing no signs of budging.

"I don't care if you call it a slat, a fence, a wall - it's not happening", Banderas added. Many rank-and-file workers have gone to social media with stories of the financial hardship they expect to face because of the shutdown. "On Saturday, [Vice President Mike] Pence offered Schumer a bill to reopen the government that would provide $2.1 billion for fencing and an additional $400 million for Trump's other immigration priorities; Democrats countered with $1.3 billion in fencing and more aid for Puerto Rico as part of a disaster package, according to a person familiar with the talks, which essentially recirculated past offers".

"Nancy Pelosi is calling the shots, not Chuck", Trump said, referring to Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY.

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