President Donald Trump has walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders as negotiations broke down on the 19th day of a USA government shutdown.
Trump wrote. He called the meeting a "waste of time".
The two Democratic politicians slammed Trump's alleged obsession with the "ineffective, unnecessary" wall he seeks to build along the US-Mexican border, likening his actions related to the government shutdown to a "temper tantrum".
He said: "He asked Speaker Pelosi, 'Will you agree to my wall?' She said no".
Over on ABC, Jimmy Kimmel discussed whether it was acceptable for the networks to "give the President a forum to lie to us on television". "We need to get our border secure and we need a barrier". He called on them to "get back into the room" to negotiate.
Instead, he renewed his notice that he might declare a national emergency and try to authorise the wall on his own if Congress wouldn't approve the $5.7bn he's asking for.
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The impasse has left 800,000 federal employees without pay, and the partial shutdown that started December 22 is now approaching the longest on record.
"America's heart broke the day after Christmas, when a young police officer in California was savagely murdered in cold blood by an illegal alien, who just came across the border", Donald Trump said in his address. The president alleged that the Democrats in Congress had failed to acknowledge the crisis and refused to provide the border agents with the tools they desperately need to protect families and the nation.
The national opinion poll, which ran from January 1 to January 7, found that 51 percent of adults believe Trump "deserves most of the blame" for the shutdown. Trump often issues video messages from the White House, but has been more gun-shy than other presidents to use the bully pulpit of the primetime address to whip support on a political issue. More than 38 million Americans who rely on food stamps could see them reduced should the shutdown continue into next month.
He said Mr Trump needs to re-open government while allowing the debate over border security to continue. "This is about whether we fulfil our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve", Trump said.
Just an hour before, Trump visited Capitol Hill, where he insisted that Republicans were united in their support for his position that Congressional appropriations should include border wall funding.
"I have invited congressional leadership to the White House tomorrow to get this done". "Our southern border is a vast pipeline for illegal drugs including meth, heroine, cocaine and fentanyl".
"Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who illegally entered our country and thousands more lives will be lost if we don't act right now", Trump said.