As shutdown lingers, Pelosi asks Trump to delay State of Union address

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Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said she planned to travel to Afghanistan and Brussels to thank service members and obtain briefings on national security and intelligence "from those on the front lines". Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., requires that all government employees be compensated for "wages lost, work performed, or leave used" during the shutdown, the Whitehouse announced in a news release.

Trump is particularly incensed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's public position that she will not compromise in any way with the administration over funding.

Pelosi suggested Trump also consider delivering the speech in writing to Congress on the day it was originally scheduled, January 29.

"It sure sounds like she's looking to not have the president come and give the State of the Union address, not have the commander in chief come and address the nation", Jordan told Reuters.

In a letter to Pelosi on Thursday, Trump said the shutdown would have to delay her trip, which was to begin Thursday. In a statement issued to the Daily Caller Wednesday, Don Jr. said Pelosi is terrified his father will get another chance to speak unfiltered about the Democrat Party's obstruction.

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Trump's comments sparked a debate on CNN about sexism, with the network's Joan Walsh calling them "appalling", Mediaite reported. He stood behind a table piled high with Big Macs from McDonald's and burgers from Wendy's and Burger King .

The impasse is the result of Donald Trump's demand for $5.7bn in taxpayer money to go towards building a wall on the southern border with Mexico.

A top House Republican, Louisiana's Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES'), tweets that Democrats are interested only in obstruction.

McConnell says he doesn't want to waste the Senate's time and will only bring up measures that Trump will sign into law.

Both the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday said they would call back almost 50,000 employees to process tax returns, refunds and other tasks or to work in aviation safety inspection.

The economy is taking a hit in part because 800,000 federal workers haven't been paid since the shutdown began almost a month ago. An administration official said they were prepared to craft it around the government shutdown, targeting Democrats, if it was still closed by then.

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While Trump's own advisers said the shutdown was proving a greater drag on the economy than expected, Trump showed no signs of backing off a fight that he views as vital for his core supporters.

Seven Democratic lawmakers, including newly elected freshmen, have arrived at the White House ready to ask President Donald Trump to reopen the government while talks continue over border security.

President Donald Trump began insisting on $5 billion for a border wall between the USA and Mexico at the end of November after submitting a budget that contained $1.6 billion for border security, including parts of the wall.

The meeting with both Democrats and Republicans comes the day after the president invited a group of rank-and-file Republican and Democrat members to the White House for lunch. They are people on every side of this border debate. Mr. Trump said Pelosi could still use commercial transportation for the trip.

Separately, a bipartisan group of senators is also now talking about a way out of the shutdown, but hopes are slim in the Senate that they can reach a solution that the president will endorse. Democrats have been largely unified in opposition to the wall, which Trump is insisting on funding as a condition of reopening the government. "I don't know what to tell them other than what I actually think". Joe Manchin and Chris Coons are reportedly working on the letter.

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