Left Menu
Development News Edition

UPDATE 5-Trump, Democrats hold 'contentious' talks, shutdown goes on


The two top congressional Democrats emerged from a White House meeting on Friday offering no sign of progress toward a deal with President Donald Trump to fully re-open the government, with one claiming Trump threatened to keep it shut for "months or even years" as he held out for funding for a border wall.

With the partial shutdown now two weeks old, the two sides held a sometimes contentious meeting in the White House about the shutdown, said House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat.

About 800,000 federal workers have been unpaid due to the closure of about a quarter of the federal government as Trump withholds his support for a bill which would fund the government until he secures the money for the wall that he promised during his election campaign.

"We just completed a lengthy and sometimes contentious conversation with the president," Pelosi told reporters. "We agreed that we would continue our conversations. But we recognize on the Democratic side that we really cannot resolve this until we open up government and we made that very clear to the president."

It was the first meeting between Trump and Democratic leaders since the party took over the House this week after gains in last November's midterm elections.

"We told the president we needed the government open," said Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer. "He resisted. In fact, he said he'd keep the government closed for a very long period of time, months or even years."

Trump, who wants $5 billion in funding for the wall, has said it is needed to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs over the border. When he ran for president in 2016, Trump vowed Mexico would pay for the wall, which it has refused to do.

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees have either been furloughed or are working without pay because of the shutdown.

It is showing signs of straining the country's immigration system and has been blamed for worsening backlogs in courts and complicating hiring for employers.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan Additional reporting by Susan Heavey, Susan Cornwell and Lisa Lambert Writing by Alistair Bell Editing by Bill Trott)

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

Future of Food: Technology fostering the road to global food security

Technological innovation can help address most of the pressing issues facing the world today including food security by enhancing productivity, improving financial services, managing resources, addressing environmental concerns, etc....

Conspiracy theories on COVID 19: Legislators, Scientists, and Journalists all joined the Caravan

Conspiracy theories are not new for virus epidemics. There have been conspiracy theories on HIV-AIDS, Polio Vaccines, Ebola Virus, and several other diseases as well. However, what makes the 2019 Novel Coronavirus different from others is ...

Now it’s a war, Uganda deploys army to combat locust swarms

Its for the first time after 1986, the locust swarms have attacked Uganda twice in a season. With the increasing number of countries of Africa under attack by locust swarms, the problem seems to have taken a regional paradigm. Its very diff...

Top 10 Fake News, Myths and Realities on 2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID 19

With nearly 1500 deaths by January 14 and around 65,000 infections in China, the Novel Coronavirus 2019 has become one of the worst health epidemics of the 21st Century. However, 8,573 people have been cured but the rumor mongers are a...

Videos

Latest News

GRAPHIC-China's top container ports unclog backlog as virus curbs ease

Chinas top container ports are loosening the backlog of cargoes on their docks as workers return to their posts after coronavirus travel curbs that kept them away and jammed up global supply chains have been eased. The flu-like epidemic, wh...

Granting or denying bail comes under ambit of courts: UP Dy CM on Azam Khan

After SP MP Azam Khan and his wife was sent to seven-day judicial custody in a forgery case, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister, Keshav Prasad Maurya on Thursday said that granting or denying bail to someone is under the ambit of courts. B...

PMK welcomes Bihar Assembly resolution against NRC

NDA constituent PMK on Thursday welcomed the Bihar Assembly adopting an anti-NRC resolutionand lauded the Tamil Nadu government for saying such a move was under its consideration too.Party founder S Ramadoss called for implementing the Nati...

South Korea, US postpone annual military drills due to virus

Seoul, Feb 27 AP The South Korean and US militaries on Thursday announced that they were postponing their annual joint drills due to concern about a viral outbreak that has infected soldiers in both countries armed forces, put many troops i...

Give Feedback