Trump cancels Davos trip over partial govt. shutdown

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"If we don't make a deal, I would say 100 percent but I don't want to say 100 percent", he said. Trump has said that he is prepared to hold out "as long as it takes" for a spending bill that includes wall funding before fully reopening the government ― despite the toll on federal workers and the public.

"Rubio also said he would have liked Trump, during his Oval Office address Tuesday, to clarify the $5.7 billion he wants for border security funding would not be for a wall or for a loan, but instead would be "$5 billion to fund the top 10 projects on a border security program by the experts and the people in charge of doing that".

The president and congressional Democrats remain at an impasse over his demand for $5.7 billion for a wall along the southern border.

"I cautioned him that if President Trump directs DoD to circumvent Congress in such a legally dubious way on such a major issue, Congress will have to reevaluate its relationship with the department and judge whether each instance of broad flexibility granted to the Department is worth the risk of abuse by President Trump", Durbin said in a statement.

The shutdown, which began on December 22, will be the longest in U.S. history if it is still going on by Saturday.

Schumer argued that Senate Republicans must take action even if the President remains entrenched in his position. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump abruptly left a meeting after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would not fund the wall.

Trump has started to claim that he never said during his election campaign that Mexico would directly pay for the wall: "Obviously, I never said this, and I never meant they're going to write out a check", the president told reporters at the White House on Thursday. But she did say it would be "irresponsible" of Trump. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Richard Shelby, the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Rob Portman of OH and Susan Collins of Maine. "He's winning here. You have to understand he's gonna open the government".

Trump told reporters "I have the option" to do so, saying of talks with Democrats: "If this doesn't work out, I'll probably will do it - maybe definitely". "It requires an agreement between a Democratic House, the Democrats in the Senate and the President".

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