Trump ready for United States shutdown to last 'for years'


President Donald Trump pushed back Friday against some Democrats' calls to impeach him, saying they're only seeking impeachment because they know they can't win the White House in 2020.

"We are committed to keeping our borders safe", Nancy Pelosi, who took over as speaker of the House on Thursday, told reporters following the meeting with the president.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle are negotiating with Mr Trump on Friday morning.

"We have to wait and see what happens with the Mueller report", she told NBC's Today on Thursday, referring to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged collusion between Trump and Russian Federation. "He resisted", he said.

In her first act as speaker, Pelosi announced that Democrats would pass legislation to re-open the government and end the shutdown. He touted the benefits of "a solid steel or concrete structure" along the border. The increase in debt came a little more than a year after Trump signed a tax reform bill and a lower corporate tax rate lowered Treasury revenues.

In their first votes of the new Congress, House Democrats approved bills Thursday night to re-open government at previously agreed-upon levels.

"We have to get a structure built", Trump said, calling on Congress to approve his $5.6 billion request for a "major powerful barrier" made of concrete or steel.

"We're not doing a wall". He has dismissed drones, sensors and other measures suggested for boosting border security as "bells and whistles".

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the House plan to end the shutdown "political theater".

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Such a move may prompt Congress, including Republicans, to push back.

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.

Before Friday, Trump had mentioned impeachment in his tweets only a handful of times, about a half-dozen - and two of those were from 2014 and directed at President Obama.

With the US' manufacturing sector booming, President Trump said that his long-promised border wall could be built entirely from American steel.

The government is in its 14th day of a partial government shutdown over Trump's insistence for funding of his proposed wall at the U.S. -Mexico border. "I don't call it a shutdown".

Federal contractor Chris Erickson paints his bathroom, Jan., 4, 2019, in North Salt Lake, Utah.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters that Trump had named Vice-President Mike Pence, senior aide Jared Kushner and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to work over the weekend. "Without a wall, you can not have border security", he said in a rare appearance in the White House briefing room with members of unions of border agents and employees of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

There was a time, not that long ago when Republican politicians believed that the most pressing issue facing America's future.

Trump insisted that federal workers affected by the USA government shutdown support him, despite the fact that many were forced either to work without salaries or go on unpaid leave.