(Lisa Mascaro & Catherine Lucey – Associated Press)
No one budged at President Donald Trump’s closed-door meeting with congressional leaders, so the partial government shutdown persisted over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. They’ll all try again Friday.
In public, Trump renewed his dire warnings of rapists and others at the border. But when pressed in private Wednesday by Democrats asking why he wouldn’t end the shutdown, he responded at one point, “I would look foolish if I did that.” A White House official, one of two people who described that exchange only on condition of anonymity, said the president had been trying to explain that it would be foolish not to pay for border security.
In one big shift, the new Congress convenes Thursday with Democrats taking majority control of the House, and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said they’d quickly pass legislation to re-open the government — without funds for Trump’s border wall. Click here to read more.
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- Trump Claims the Wall He Shut Down the Government to Fund Is Already Built (Vanity Fair)
- Shutdown Lurches Into 13th Day With No End in Sight (Politico)
- This is the Impact of the U.S. Government Shutdown (CTV News)