Sunday, 25 August, 2019

U.S. shutdown: Trump rejects potential way out of crisis

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Congress is planning to skip next week's planned recess if the partial government shutdown continues.

House Democratic leaders said they did not tell members to boycott Trump's lunch but had pressed those invited to consider whether the talks would be merely a photo-op for Trump.

Senator Joe Manchin, a Democratic member of the group, said "anything can be part of the negotiations". That is the lowest level of support among this subgroup by 1 percentage point in CNN's surveys and a dip from a poll conducted in early December, before the partial shutdown, when 54% of whites without college degrees approved of his job as President and 39% disapproved. The meeting boycott leaves unclear how and when both sides might negotiate a resolution to the partial shutdown, which was triggered when Trump demanded almost $6 billion for a border wall and Democrats refused - and is now the longest in USA history.

At Day 25, the shutdown has become the longest in US history.

Trump spent been tweeting aggressively about Democratic foes as he tried to make the case that the wall was needed on both security and humanitarian grounds. A White House official said plans were in the works to call freshman representatives, especially those who initially did not support Pelosi's bid for the speakership.

WASHINGTON ― Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday rejected the prospect of overriding a presidential veto on a bill to reopen the federal government. "See if we can get a deal".

"I have attended meetings with the president at the White House before, but a scheduling conflict prevented me from accepting this invitation". Democrats, he argued, were partying on a beach rather than negotiating - though Pelosi and Schumer were not on the trip.

"He just got up and said we have nothing to discuss, and he walked out", Schumer said last week.

But on Tuesday, there was an updated figure: 0.13 percentage point every week because of the impact of work left undone by 380,000 furloughed employees as well as work left aside by federal contractors, a White House official said.

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"I did reject it", Trump told reporters as he prepared to leave the White House en route to an event in New Orleans.

Omar said McConnell should show leadership and not wait for Trump's permission to bring up legislation to reopen the government.

The almost 50,000 furloughed federal employees are being sent back to work without pay - part of a group of about 800,000 federal workers who aren't receiving pay during the shutdown, which affects dozens of federal agencies large and small.

The longest such shutdown in United States history dragged into its 25th day with neither Trump nor Democratic congressional leaders showing signs of bending on the topic that triggered it - funding for a wall Trump promised to build along the border with Mexico.

Pelosi predicted that after meeting with Trump, the lawmakers would want to make a "citizen's arrest", according to an aide, who wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the meeting and spoke on condition of anonymity. Democrats have vowed to block any type of spending package that would involve funds to build a wall along the Southern border.

Trump was taking a wide range of advice on both sides of the issue, including from his new chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, senior aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Rep. Mark Meadows, as well as outside political advisers.

Pelosi told Hoyer: 'They can see what we've been dealing with. "Let's vote to reopen the government".

While the shutdown hit about one-quarter of federal operations, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday found that almost four in 10 U.S. adults said they were either affected by the impasse or know someone who is.

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