WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior Trump administration officers met on Saturday with Democratic congressional staffers however failed to interrupt a impasse over a proposed border wall and finish a two-week-old partial authorities shutdown.
Vice President Mike Pence stated the assembly was “productive” and that each side agreed to fulfill once more on Sunday.
President Donald Trump is demanding $5.6 billion to construct a wall alongside the U.S. border with Mexico however Democrats in charge of the Home of Representatives this week handed a invoice to reopen the federal government with out offering further funding for the wall.
Trump says he is not going to signal the invoice till he will get the cash for the wall.
Pence stated in an announcement after the assembly he had reiterated Trump’s place that funding for the wall was wanted, however he stated “there was no in depth dialog about greenback determine.”
He additionally stated Homeland Safety Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen briefed the Democratic negotiators on the state of affairs on the U.S.-Mexico border, including that the Democrats requested additional particulars in writing on her division’s wants.
With the 2 sides sticking to their positions, 1 / 4 of the federal authorities has been closed for 2 weeks, leaving 800,000 public employees unpaid.
Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser, additionally attended the assembly on the White Home, together with new White Home appearing chief of employees Mick Mulvaney.
They had been negotiating with senior employees for the highest Democrats in Congress.
Nancy Pelosi, the brand new Democratic speaker of the Home of Representatives, stated this week that Trump’s proposed wall was “immoral” and a “waste of cash.”
Trump reiterated his demand for a border wall in a sequence of tweets on Saturday.
“The Democrats might remedy the Shutdown downside in a really brief time frame,” Trump stated. “All they must do is approve REAL Border Safety (together with a Wall), one thing which everybody, aside from drug sellers, human traffickers and criminals, need very badly!”
Trump threatened on Friday to take the step of utilizing emergency powers to construct the wall with out Congress’ approval. Such a transfer would nearly definitely be met with authorized challenges.
A Reuters/Ipsos opinion ballot confirmed that 50 % of the general public blame Trump for the shutdown and seven % blame Republican lawmakers, in opposition to 32 % who blame Democrats.
Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Modifying by Meredith Mazzilli