Talks go nowhere as partial government shutdown enters 13th day

Trump digs in on Day 12 of shutdown, calling a border wall timeless, not antiquated -- like the wheel

White House calls Democrats' plan to end shutdown 'non-starter'

US President Donald Trump has gained little leverage with Democrats two weeks into the partial government shutdown of his own making, with fewer possible escape routes and a more treacherous path ahead as the GOP relinquishes control of the House. Democrats rejected the demand and parts of the federal government have been shut since December 22 because of lack of funding as a result.

New Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi says "there's no amount of persuasion" from the president that could get her to fund the wall.

Trump has demanded at least $5 billion in funding directed at creating the first stages of a new wall between the USA and Mexico that he repeatedly promised to voters during his campaign and over the first two years of his presidency, and which he said before his election that he would force Mexico to pay for.

The Democrats plan to vote on a bipartisan package of six Senate spending bills and a stopgap measure to re-open the Department of Homeland Security at its current funding levels until February 8, the aide said.

Trump remains committed to "an agreement that both reopens the government and keeps Americans safe", she said.

Before the briefing, Trump told reporters that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and border patrol officials would make a plea for a border wall at the meeting, a part of his efforts to convince Democrats to give him funding for the long-promised project.

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.

"We're talking about national security".

"Could be a long time or could be quickly", Trump said during lengthy public comments at a Cabinet meeting, his first public appearance of the new year.

Like other Justice Department employees, none of the officers with Trump are being paid as part of the shutdown. We can go through the back and forth. No.

While Pelosi says she knew this moment would arrive, it wasn't guaranteed. "Let's get it done!" said the US President.

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers won't see a paycheck until the government reopens.

Trump's administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court in November to allow the president to end Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Instead, Trump repeatedly pushed for the $5.6 billion he has demanded.

Democrats in the House are preparing to pass a plan to end the partial government shutdown without giving in to the president's demand for billions for the wall. Pelosi quelled a rebellion by some Democrats seeking new leadership by making a series of policy promises, committee appointments and a pledge to limit herself to no more than two terms in leadership.

In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Trump said that he was ready to end the shutdown.

"It would be the height of irresponsibility and political cynicism for Senate Republicans to now reject the same legislation they have already supported", the Democratic leaders said.

Mr Trump reportedly told Ms Pelosi she should support the wall as she was a "good Catholic" and the Vatican City had a wall.

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