Trump says he threatened to keep U.S. government closed for years

US national debt reaches a new high under Trump

But with staff level talks there is always an open question of whether Mr Trump's aides are fully empowered to negotiate for the president.

The shutdown has left 800,000 government workers unable to work or collect a salary.

Mr Trump says the wall is crucial to curbing irregular immigration. "He resisted", Schumer said.

Mr Schumer said that if McConnell and Senate Republicans stay on the sidelines, "Trump can keep the government shut down for a long time".

The Democrats this week took control of the House of Representatives after winning 235 seats in November's midterm elections.

Trump described the meeting as "very productive" and said that he had designated a group to advance talks over the weekend.

Ahead of Friday's meeting, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that Trump "isn't going to back off" on the request for funding. One official said the president told Democratic leaders he would "look foolish" if he ended the shutdown.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who assumed leadership of the newly sworn in House Democratic majority Thursday, called the nearly two-hour meeting "contentious".

"I will do whatever we have to do", Trump said.

The legislation passed Thursday in the House called for the reopening of the federal government and the funding of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) until early February. I may do it. "If we have to stay out for a very long period of time we will do that". "But if we can do it through a negotiated process, we're giving that a shot".

For a president to use his emergency powers, there has to be a justified reason, typically a result of war or disaster.




Trump tweeted an ominous video Thursday with images of what appeared to be migrants trying to rush the border and clashing with law enforcement, beneath the words "crisis at the border", "drugs" and "crime".

Pelosi's office confirmed Trump did bring up the topic - during his opening statement to Republican and Democratic lawmakers about the government shutdown now in its 13th day.

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, chair of the House Republican Conference and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, attacked Tlaib for promoting an environment of "politicization and partisanship" and stressed, "You have seen over the last 24 hours very foul language".

Trump's wall project is estimated to cost about US$23 billion. It has to do with a wall is an immorality between countries.

Pelosi said Friday's meeting with Trump was "sometimes contentious" but that they agreed to continue talking.

"And, that we all have the ability and the privilege to serve with over 100 women members of Congress - the largest number in history".

Asked if she would give Trump $1 for a wall to reopen the government, Pelosi said: "One dollar?"

For future candidates, the bill says they must release their tax returns for the previous ten years "n$3 ot later than the date that is 15 days after the date on which an individual becomes a covered candidate".

The partial USA government shutdown began when Congress and Mr Trump failed to reach an agreement over a budget bill in December.

Federal agencies such as the Justice Department, Commerce Department and departments of Agriculture, Labour, Interior and Treasury have been hit by the shutdown.

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