Donald Trump walks out of meeting with Democrats on shutdown

National Security Adviser John Bolton has contradicted earlier comments by Donald Trump saying US troops will not leave northeastern Syria until IS militants are defeated. Pic AP

National Security Adviser John Bolton has contradicted earlier comments by Donald Trump saying US troops will not leave northeastern Syria until IS militants are defeated. Pic AP

The White House is now weighing cancelling Trump's trip to Davos this month to attend the annual forum if the government shutdown is not resolved by January 22, The Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday.

"You know why you can enjoy a day at the zoo?" Trump wrote. "Nancy said, NO".

Wednesday's meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders to try to end the shutdown he caused in an attempt to get his border wall did not end well.

The president himself has described some migrants in similar terms, saying in May past year that: "You wouldn't believe how bad these people are, these aren't people, these are animals".

Pelosi said, "We have a better idea how to protect the border and it isn't a wall". "That is sad and unfortunate. We have different views".

House Democrats have long questioned a report written by the previous GOP majority to nullify the issue, and believe that those who testified in private, including the president's golden child in question, were not particularly helpful in coming to a definitive resolution.

Federal workers are "as disappointed as we are that Democrats are unwilling to engage in good-faith negotiations", Vice President Mike Pence told reporters after the meeting.

Asked what Trump had gained by walking out, Pence said: "I think the president made his position very clear today: that there will be no deal without a wall".

In a countermove, the Trump administration said that even without a new shot of funding, the IRS would somehow make sure those refund checks get sent. As a result, some 800,000 federal employees and many more contractors have now been without pay for nearly three weeks.

Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, told journalists Trump "sort of slammed the table", then "got up and walked out". "I think most Americans understand that it's purely political".

Later in the week, Ms Pelosi plans to force votes that one-by-one provide the money to operate departments ranging from Homeland Security and Justice to State, Agriculture, Commerce and Labour.

Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana called Trump's comments in his speech about border security "very appropriate".

On Thursday, he will fly down to the southern border that he described in a prime-time television speech Tuesday as an open door to murderers and other criminals.

The funding fight stems from Congress' inability to complete work by a deadline last September on funding all government agencies. U.S. airport security workers and air traffic controllers working without pay have warned that security and safety could be compromised if the shutdown continues, but the Trump administration said staffing was adequate and travelers had not faced unusual delays.

The sharp exchanges between the top USA officials occurred during what already is the second longest government shutdown in US history, three days short of the record.

Ratings agency Fitch warned that it could cut the US' triple-A sovereign debt credit rating later this year if the shutdown proves prolonged and Congress fails to raise the legal limit on the nation's debt in a timely manner.

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