24th January 04:22 PM
Trump walks out of shutdown negotiations after Democrats reject wall money, calls meeting total waste of time
By Lena Reece
Thursday 10/01/2019
President Donald Trump talks to reporters as Vice President Mike Pence looks on as the president departs after addressing a closed Senate Republican policy lunch while a partial government shutdown enters its 19th day on Capitol Hill in Washington[Photo:

U.S President Donald Trump has walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders as negotiations broke down on the 19th day of a US government shutdown.

The Republican president ended talks after Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer stuck by their refusal to fund his planned US‑Mexico border wall.

Trump called his meeting with the pair "a total waste of time".

Some 800,000 federal workers will go without pay this week for the first time since the shutdown began.

The president tweeted afterwards that he had said "bye‑bye" to the top Democrats.

Outside the White House the blame game was in full flow from both sides after yesterday's meeting in the Situation Room, a conference centre in the West Wing basement.

Pelosi, who is speaker of the House of Representatives, said the legion of unpaid federal employees were "collateral damage" to Trump.

[Source: BBC]

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