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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer say President Donald Trump just got up and walked out on their negotiation

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer say President Donald Trump just got up and walked out on their negotiation

President Trump enjoyed a snow-filled Sunday from the White House and lamented that he couldn't share the breathtaking view with the American people - but a short time later, his wife showed him how, posting images of the blanketed front lawn.

The House and Senate voted to give federal workers back pay whenever the federal government reopens and then left town for the weekend, leaving the shutdown on track to become one for the record books once the clock struck midnight and the closure entered its 22nd day.

"We don't want it to come down to a national emergency declaration", said House Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana. The poll finds 51 percent say they strongly oppose such a declaration.

Nevertheless the administration has accelerated planning for it. Officials explored diverting money from a range of accounts, including $13.9 billion given to the Army Corps of Engineers after last year's deadly hurricanes and floods. "Build a wall now".

Earlier in the week, representatives of affected workers pleaded for the shutdown to end. Some want the government to stay closed until the funds for the wall are approved, citing national security being too important of an issue to compromise funds on. "I think everyone would rather a deal [with Congress]", said Brian Ballard, a Republican lobbyist and vice chairman on the Republican National Committee's finance team.

But since Tuesday night's address, Trump has complained that he looked lifeless and boring, according to a Republican close to the White House who was not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

There's also little debate that border walls are needed: about a third of the frontier is already fenced off.

A couple of minutes later, First Lady Melania Trump tweeted out serene photos of the snow-covered lawn.

Trade war: China says U.S. talks 'laid ground' to resolve dispute
China also restarted purchases of American soybeans last month, providing relief for a crop hit by Chinese retaliatory tariffs. Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning , "Talks with China are going very well! " without offering further details.

Democrats' strategy over the past couple of weeks of the shutdown has been to refuse negotiations. "We need money to pay bills". "They can name it 'peaches'".

Such a move could put Republicans in a bind.

The newspaper went on to argue that Trump would be on sounder legal footing than his predecessor, former President Obama, was when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was implemented by executive order, but that the president should not use a national emergency to fulfill a "campaign promise".

"Most conservatives want it to be the last resort he would use".

After having talked for days about invoking the national emergency power to unleash the funds, the president hit pause Friday. Susan Collins of ME and Sen.

"I do think if we reopen the government, if the president ends this shutdown crisis, we have folks who can negotiate a responsible, modern investment in technology that will actually make us safer", Mr Coons said.

Some financial services companies offered even gloomier estimates given that around 800,000 federal workers are not being paid and there can be a potential delay in tax refunds.

Trump's announcement came amid increased speculation that he would circumvent Congress to begin construction of his signature wall along the US-Mexico border - a move that would be sure to draw a court challenge from Democrats who say the barrier would be barbaric and ineffective.

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