Pelosi invites Trump to deliver State of the Union on January 29

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04 January, 2019

According to United States media, citing officials familiar with the talks, Trump at one point told Democrats that he would "look foolish" if he backed down from his demand. "We just want to keep the American people safe".

It's the first new Congress to convene amid a partial government shutdown, now in its 13th day over Trump's demands for money for a wall along the U.S-Mexico border. "This will give everyday Americans a lot more confidence that all the other things we have on the agenda are going to be done in a way that really meets their expectations and responds to their priorities". At the same time, administration officials said Trump was in no rush for a resolution to the impasse, believing he has public opinion and his base on his side.

The two-part legislation - passed on the same day that Democrats took control of the House - aims to restore funding for nine federal departments which are now unfunded.

Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell confirmed there was no progress made toward ending the shutdown.

The president used a surprise press appearance today to reiterate his border wall funding demands, not to further negotiations with congressional Democrats aimed at reopening the federal government.

"I now call the House to order on behalf of all of America's children", Pelosi said after summoning her grandkids to the podium, along with countless other young ones who were in the chamber to see family members take the oath of office.

Republican CNN commentator Ana Navarro suspected prior to the briefing that it was more about deflection of the Democratic Congress than anything.

"Hearing this from the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee is, quite candidly, a punch in the jaw of federal employees", said Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents about 150,000 federal employees. "I pledge that this Congress will be transparent, bipartisan and unifying, that we will seek to reach across the aisle in this country, and across divisions across our nation". They also said years of Republican advertising painting Pelosi as an out-of-touch radical had hurt Democrats' chances to win in moderate districts. "Every day, Donald Trump shows that leaving the White House would be good for our country".

Since taking over in 2017, Trump has continued to assert that a wall is needed but has backed away from insisting that Mexico pay for it.

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"We are sending them back exactly, word for word, what they have passed", Pelosi of California told reporters shortly before the vote.

Trump reaffirmed his commitment to getting border wall funding by warning during a Cabinet meeting that the partial government shutdown could last a long time.

"The Shutdown is only because of the 2020 Presidential Election", Trump wrote on Twitter. "Let's get it done!"

The House formally elected her Thursday to lead the new Congress by 220-192 over Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who is now minority leader.

"We have a dead cop so it gets a little serious", Sean Hannity added.

Congressional leaders from both parties held unproductive talks with Mr. Trump at the White House on Thursday and are to return for another round on Friday, a sign the shutdown is likely to continue for the rest of the week.

The victory for the newly minted speaker followed an election year where the prospect of her controlling the House became a major point of contention - appearing frequently in GOP attack lines and in vows from some members of her own party to oppose her in an eventual race for speaker.

Making his case ahead of the private afternoon session, Trump said the current border is "like a sieve" and noted the tear gas "flying" overnight to deter arrivals.


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