Published: Fri, January 18, 2019
Money | By Arnold Ball

Who blinks first will matter in Trump, Democrats’ wall fight

Who blinks first will matter in Trump, Democrats’ wall fight

Just 43 per cent approve the way Democratic congressional leaders are handling the government shutdown, while 36 per cent each approve how Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders are handling the shutdown.

Both chambers are now planning to stay in session over the planned Martin Luther King Day recess next week, given the awful optics of skipping town amid the shutdown.

President Donald Trump says the Democratic Party has been "hijacked" by those opposed to his plan for a U.S. -Mexico border wall as he seeks to turn up pressure on his political rivals over an ongoing partial government shutdown.

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.

This source noted that Trump is obsessed with touting historic economic growth seen in his administration and that those close to him are anxious that a prolonged shutdown could even lead to negative growth in the first quarter of 2019. "President Trump and our administration will not be deterred by the Democrats' obstruction". Pelosi was scheduled to take US military transportation, which Mr. Trump has the ability to halt, a senior White House official told CBS News.

The White House had no immediate comment on Pelosi's request, and her letter appeared to have taken aides by surprise. "In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure that you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate".

The president, on a conference call with supporters Tuesday, showed no signs of backing down.

The current government shutdown is the longest in American history.

In a letter to Trump Monday, Pelosi cited "security concerns" due to the partial government shutdown and asked Trump to either not deliver the address until the government had reopened or to deliver it in writing on January 29, as was done regularly until the presidency of Woodrow Wilson in 1913.

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The powerful committee also oversees the USA housing market, insurance and worldwide finance sectors, among other areas. President Trump clashed with Rep.

Both sides sought to ratchet up the pressure over the longest government shutdown in US history.

In an interview to Fox News, Graham on Sunday urged Trump to temporarily reopen the government in a bid to lure the Democrats to come to the negotiating table.

Pelosi says the federal employees required to secure the event in the House of Representatives should be paid for the work. None of the House Democrats took Trump up on the offer.

He did not mention any new proposals Trump might pursue.

Paul suggested on Twitter on Thursday that Trump deliver the address in the Senate, where Republicans hold a majority, which would be an unusual move.

Pelosi writes that "given the security concerns and unless government reopens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after the government has re-opened".

They hope to reach a resolution before a Tuesday deadline, when they'll need to prepare the next round of paychecks for workers who have been seeing zeros on their pay slips. Alternatively, Trump could simply submit a written statement in lieu of an in-person speech, noted Pelosi.

Workers have on average missed more than $5,000 in wages as a result of the shutdown, amounting to more than $200 million in missed wages for each work day since the shutdown began, the Times reported.

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