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Trump Rejects Democratic Calls to End the Judgment, Says Do Not Give Up The Wall

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump has once again rejected the Democrats’ call to end the federal government’s partial control over the funding of its controversial border wall, the Washington Post said Thursday.
The President invited the top congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday to discuss possible ways to end the closure as it drew to its third week.
During the meeting, Trump said he would not back down if he did not receive the $5.6 billion he had requested for the 2,000-mile physical barrier, supposed to put an end to immigration smuggling and drug trafficking across the southern border.
“It could be long or fast,” said Trump about the end of the judgment. “It’s too important to get away from it.”
In a tweet, he urged both parties to work together and “pass a financing bill that protects this nation and its people – this is the first and most important duty of the government”.
The leader of the Senate minority, Chuck Schumer, said he had implored Trump to reopen the government and stop using the closure as a “hostage”.
“We asked him to give us a good reason – I asked him directly,” Schumer said. “He could not give a good answer.”
“Using the arrest as a hostage – against which they had no argument – is Wrong,” he added.
The meeting focused on a new Democratic initiative to end the stalemate, which aims to reopen the government through a package of bills that still exclude the wall.
The package, which will be put to the vote on Thursday when the new Democrat-led House of Representatives meets again, maintains the current level of $1.3 billion in border security funding.
The US Department of Homeland Security can use this money to repair fences and gates, as well as $300 million for cameras and other related technologies.
The two-part program would also provide close to $265 billion to fund other closed federal agencies until September 30, 2019, the end of the current fiscal year.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has duplicated the president’s views, warning that the closure could last “weeks” unless the Democrats give Trump what he wants.
“We hope to reach an agreement in the days or weeks to come,” he added.
The White House has called the new initiative a “non-starter”, which means it has no chance of passing the Senate.
Democrat Representative Nancy Pelosi, the alleged future Speaker of the House, blamed the Republicans for not accepting the $1.3 billion financing deal, an agreement they took on last year to avoid a closure.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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