In their own televised remarks, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused Trump of misrepresenting the situation on the border as they urged him to reopen closed government departments and turn loose paychecks for hundreds of thousands of workers.
"I prefer that we get this resolved the old-fashioned way", Thune said. They are particularly concerned about the administration's talk of possibly declaring a national emergency at the border, seeing that as an unprecedented claim on the right of Congress to allocate funding except in the most dire circumstances. We can secure our border without an expensive, ineffective wall. Chuck Schumer that President Trump had a frustrated outburst in their meeting Wednesday to try and resolve the partial government shutdown.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump slammed his hand on the table and walked out.
"I just addressed the nation on Border Security".
Seeking to keep up pressure on Trump and the Republicans, Pelosi said the House would begin passing individual bills this week to reopen some federal agencies, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds.
There was no sign Trump was backing down from his demand for $5.7 billion for the border wall in exchange for ending the shutdown.
President Trump handed out stacks of candy during his meeting with congressional leaders on Wednesday, sources said.
Some of those from the caravans who are still hoping to get into the U.S. watched Trump's address Tuesday on television sets inside shelters in Tijuana, just on the other side of the U.S. -Mexico border.
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House of Representatives, and passed legislation to reopen all closed government agencies but did not include wall funding. And Trump has threatened to drag on the shutdown for months or even years if he does not get funding for the border wall.
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Meanwhile, a "zero-tolerance" policy instituted by the Trump administration's Justice Department, which led to almost 2,000 children being temporarily separated from their families after being caught trying to cross the USA border, also sparked a national outcry.
Trump and Democrats remain at an impasse over border wall funding, with Trump so far refusing to agree to a spending bill that does not include border wall funding and Democrats refusing to support legislation that does fund a border wall. Most presidents have used Oval Office addresses for noble purposes. Critics say the security risks are overblown and the administration is at least partly to blame for the humanitarian situation.
After meeting with Democrats over the weekend, the White House issued a series of budget demands, including a new request for $800,000 for humanitarian needs. But one person said it was unclear whether Trump was serious or joking.
Wednesday's vote however received more votes from Republicans than the previous measure as some seek to reach a solution to the shutdown and come to an agreement on border security afterward.
Pelosi then handed the microphone over to Schumer. That shutdown exemption would break from past practice and could be challenged.
Speaking to reporters, Trump also claimed that many furloughed workers weren't that bothered by not getting paid.
"I view that as absolutely Mexico is paying for the wall", Trump said.