US national debt reaches a new high under Trump

US national debt reaches a new high under Trump

US national debt reaches a new high under Trump

Donald Trump has threatened to shut down the United States government for months or even years as he fights to get funding for his planned Mexican border wall.

President Donald Trump is refusing to sign any budget without funding for a US-Mexico border wall, which Democrats are adamantly against.

The long meeting ended with little progress, as 800,000 federal employees remain on leave without pay, or working without pay if they are considered "essential" staff.

The comments came as politicians attempt to overcome an impasse pitting Trump's demand for building a border wall against the Democrats' call for alternative security measures.

But then he acknowledged, in response to a journalist's question, that he had threatened to keep federal agencies closed for years if necessary.

"But I don't think it's any worse than what the president has said".

The Republican-run Senate said it might not even vote on the legislation.

"I'm very proud of doing what I'm doing", the president added. But in remarks at a surprise White House press briefing, Trump appeared to give himself negotiating space when he said: "You can call it a barrier".

"I may do it". "If we have to stay out for a very long period of time we will do that". "That's another way of doing it".

"I did, absolutely, I said that", Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday, after he was asked to confirm an account of a meeting by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.

Analysts said that this would leave him open to legal challenges and might be possible only on government land, amounting to about 115 miles, or 5 per cent, of the border. "Months or even years". That meeting is set for tomorrow, the White House said. She and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat from NY, have said they want to wait for the outcome of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and contacts with the Trump campaign.

The two-part Democratic package includes a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through February 8, providing $1.3 billion for border fencing and $300 million for other border security items including technology and cameras.

The answer is because the solution isn't that simple.

It turned out the men were security experts from the National Border Patrol Council and were there to tout the US-Mexico border wall Trump is now having so much difficulty getting funding for.

After the November congressional elections, Republicans have a 53-47 majority in the Senate and Democrats have a 235-199 margin in the House with one seat undecided.

Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado was the first to do so, saying on Thursday that Congress should reopen the government and let wall negotiations continue afterwards. "He resisted", Schumer said.

The US national debt stood at $21.974 trillion at the end of 2018, more than $2 trillion higher than when President Donald Trump took office, according to numbers released Thursday by the Treasury Department.

But the legislation can not take effect unless it passes the Republican-controlled Senate, where leader Mitch McConnell said his party would not back any measures without the president's support.

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