As the government remains shutdown with no solutions in sight, President Trump has plans to visit the US-Mexico border Thursday to highlight his case for a border wall. The president will also address the nation on the shutdown on Tuesday night. The most recent concession from the White House: barriers with steel rather than concrete. The president hopes his speech and visit will convince Americans of the humanitarian and national security crisis occurring at the border.
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WASHINGTON (AP) – With no weekend breakthrough to end a prolonged partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump is standing firm in his border wall funding demands and newly empowered House Democrats are planning to step up pressure on Trump and Republican lawmakers to reopen the government.
Trump showed no signs of budging on his demand for more than $5 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, though on Sunday he did offer to build it with steel rather than concrete, a concession Democrats panned.
With the shutdown lurching into a third week, many Republicans watched nervously from the sidelines as hundreds of thousands of federal workers went without pay and government disruptions hit the lives of ordinary Americans.