The showdown between Congress and President Trump over the border wall shows no signs of stopping.
The day after his Oval Office address, the President traveled to Capitol Hill to shore up support with Republican senators.
Later in the day, the President hosted leaders of both parties at the White House for a third round of negotiations.
Democrats said they asked Trump to re-open the government but he told them if he did they wouldn’t give him money for the wall that has been his signature promise since his presidential campaign two years ago.
Republicans said Trump posed a direct question to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: If he opened the government would she fund the wall? She said no.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump slammed his hand on the table and walked out. Republicans said Trump, who passed out candy at the start of the meeting, did not raise his voice and there was no table pounding.
“I said bye-bye,” President Trump tweeted soon after
Presidential advisor Mercedes Schalpp said federal workers support the president.
“It’s unfortunate that these federal workers, that they’re caught in the middle of this fight, but they’ll get their back pay,” she said. “We want to reopen the government, but we also gotta secure the border.”
The President is preparing to head out of town. He’ll travel to Texas on Thursday to visit the U.S./Mexico border.
Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen says there’s clearly a crisis at the border.
“It’s up to the U.S. Congress to do its job,” Nielsen said.
16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R) says he’s ready to vote to reopen parts of the government, if both sides come together.
“If it’s an agreeable bill, agreeable appropriations, I’ll reopen as much government as we can,” Kinzinger said. “But Democrats are gonna come to the table and compromise. You know, we are too. It’s not going to be just ‘our way or the highway.’ It’s just… nobody wants to give anybody a win, or anything else. We’ve got to get past that or we’re going to continue in this stupid shutdown idiocy cycle for the rest of our time here, and that’s got to go.”