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Democrats Deliver Response to Trump's Prime Time Address

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White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner left Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Vice President Mike Pence talk as they walk down the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex Saturday Jan. 5 2019

"Democrats and an increasing number of Republicans in Congress have repeatedly urged the President and Leader McConnell to end the Trump Shutdown and re-open the government while Congress debates the President's expensive and ineffective wall", they wrote.

Speaking to reporters after the brief session, New York Democratic Sen.

Shifting between empathetic appeals and the dark immigration rhetoric that was a trademark of his presidential campaign, Trump asked: "How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?" Pence would not say whether Mr. Trump is any closer to declaring a national emergency to free up funding for his wall, something the president has considered doing. The federal government partially shut down on December 22 when Senate Democrats refused to support a House-passed bill that set aside $5.7 billion for security on the U.S. -Mexico border. He claimed the standoff could be resolved in "45 minutes" if Democrats would just negotiate, but previous meetings have led to no agreement. "And he just got up, and said, 'Well we've got nothing to discuss, '" Schumer said. "I don't recall him ever raising his voice or slamming his hand", Pence said.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy characterized the meeting differently, saying that Mr. Trump handed out candy to attendees before it began. Now need you to stand with me, " read one message sent out after his remarks. "I know he complained the time that you had cameras in the meeting".

"I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in. Because what he described the meeting to be is totally different than what took place". Earlier, the president traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with Senate Republicans, saying afterward, "We have a very unified party".

Still, Sanders said the White House hoped the administration and US lawmakers could find a solution to the wall funding.

The White House is trying to keep jittery congressional Republicans from defecting over the toll the partial government shutdown is taking in their states.

During an Oval Office address about what he calls a border security "crisis" on Tuesday night, Trump said of the resumption of talks that he wants to "get this done".

How the two sides will bridge this difference - and how long they will resist a compromise - remains unclear. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are going without pay, and government disruptions are hitting home with everyday Americans.

Then-Democratic Senators Clinton, Schumer, Obama and Biden all supported the less ambitious border proposal in an attempt to "stem some of the tide of illegal immigration" and as a precursor to a potential comprehensive immigration reform bill.

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