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White House calls Democrats' plan to end shutdown 'non-starter'

White House calls Democrats' plan to end shutdown 'non-starter'

Pelosi and Schumer exited the meeting declaring that Democrats would present legislation later in the week to re-open the rest of the government except for the Department of Homeland Security.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and top House Republicans Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Steve Scalise, R-La., attended the meeting in the high-security enclave of the White House, which typically is used to handle sensitive information.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer met Trump at the White House Wednesday for a briefing on border security.

McCarthy said Trump wanted to have the next meeting on Friday, after leadership elections in Congress, and Trump has suggested Pelosi is opposing money for the border wall because she is anxious about losing support from liberals.

Led by presumptive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, they have scheduled votes on their first day in the majority on legislation that would end the shutdown without providing the wall funding Trump wants.

All that to say, I don't think Democrats are going to get the clean win they are hoping for out of this shutdown. Democrats rejected the demand and parts of the federal government have been shut since December 22 because of lack of funding as a result. "We have to have border security and the wall is a big part of border security, the biggest part".

Before and after the meeting, there was little talk of compromise as Trump and Democrats battled over his demand for border-wall funding, all but assuring the shutdown will barrel into a third week. He also promised voters, again and again, the Mexico would pay for the wall.

"I think I would have been a good general, but who knows?" he said.

The president made his case anew ahead of the afternoon session with Democratic and Republican leaders about the migrants arriving at the border in recent days.

In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Trump said that he was ready to end the shutdown.

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Homeland Security, meanwhile, would get a one-month infusion of cash, lasting through February 8, at the same rate of spending as 2018.

Instead, McCarthy said, Democrats wanted to push their proposed spending bill without funding for the president's proposed border wall.

"The Senate will not waste its time considering a Democratic bill which can not pass this chamber and which the president can not sign".

"The Pelosi plan is a non-starter because it does not fund our homeland security or keep American families safe from human trafficking, drugs, and crime", Sanders said in a statement late on Tuesday. After a White House meeting on Sunday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump was receptive to Graham's idea of a deal that might provide work permits to Dreamer immigrants in exchange for money for physical border barriers.

The White House did not respond to HuffPost queries about whether Trump understood that what he was saying was false and, if he did, why he was doing so anyway.

The partial government shutdown began on December 22 after Trump refused to sign a budget deal that didn't include billions of dollars for his long-promised and long-stalled southern border wall. "We're asking the president to open up government".

The president now claims incorrectly that Mexico will pay for the wall in a renegotiated NAFTA trade deal that has yet to be ratified by the U.S. Congress. Under an agreement reached early in the shutdown, he said the next spending vote will only come after there's buy-in from all sides - including Mr. Trump. He complained that Democrats interrupted Homeland Security officials who were trying to describe a dire situation at the border. That measure would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to September 30.

As a result, on December 22, about one-quarter of the government ran out of money.

It would also include a separate measure to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown.