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Trump Says "Prepared" To Force Government Shutdown For More Than A Year

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In her first speech she said the work ahead would be tough.

"We're not doing a wall".

The House of Representatives passed two stopgap measures aimed at reopening the government without providing funding for the wall. "All Americans deserve the same protection".

McConnell, who went back to the Capitol, unaware of the press conference, said it was encouraging that the White House officials and the congressional contingent would meet over the weekend "to see if they can reach an agreement and then punt it back to us for final sign off".

President Donald Trump confirmed that he told congressional leaders he'd keep the government closed for a year or longer if Democrats refuse to provide more money to construct a wall on the border with Mexico.

Senator Lindsey Graham, who is close to Trump, said he had spoken to the President on Thursday about a potential compromise package.

"It's very important that we have great border security", the president said.

Trump ended the "Dreamers" program, but a lawsuit to allow it to continue is making its way through the courts. Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said she saw "no reason why the bills that are ready to go and on which we've achieved an agreement should be held hostage to this debate over border security".

And while the "blue wave" swept dozens of House Republicans out of Congress last November, Trump's party managed to modestly expand its majority in the Senate to 53-47, meaning Washington gridlock is nearly certain to deepen. "I will do whatever we have to do".

Without a wall, you can not have border security.

"The President needs an intervention", he said. One person pointed out that the number of bald white men present totalled more than the number of women in his entire cabinet - which is just three now.

With key departments and agencies shut, uncertainty in the stock market and basic services on hold, things are set to get much worse. However, the Republican side in the House is still made up mostly of white men, and in the Senate, Republicans have bolstered their ranks in the majority.

Democrats have called the wall immoral, ineffective and medieval.

He has called a barrier necessary to securing U.S. borders - though he has not made it clear exactly what he wants in a structure on the U.S. -Mexico border. "But essentially we need protection in our country. The people of our country want it".

The White House is again floating the idea of a deal for "Dreamers" - immigrants who illegally entered the USA as children. Polls show a majority of Americans oppose the border wall, although Republicans strongly support it.

Such a wall, he has argued, is needed to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs over the southwestern border.

Even if the House should approve articles of impeachment - very unlikely at present - a two-thirds-majority vote to convict Trump in the Republican-led Senate and remove him from office would seem out of the question, barring new revelations or a dramatic decline in the president's political support.

"How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong (no Collusion with Russian Federation, it was the Dems that Colluded), had the most successful first two years of any president, and is the most popular Republican in party history 93%?"



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