Top Democrat: Trump says he'd shut government for years

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Schumer said after the meeting that Trump threatened to keep the government shut down for "months or even years".

The White House and top Democrats have shown little sign of backing down since holding their first meeting earlier this week over the partial government shutdown.

The two-part Democratic package includes a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through February 8, providing $1.3 billion for border fencing and $300 million for other border security items including technology and cameras.

How has the shutdown come about?

Asked by reporters whether this was true, Trump said it was although he added that he hoped the shutdown "doesn't go on even beyond a few more days". People familiar with the session but not authorised to speak publicly described Mr Trump as holding forth at length on a range of subjects but said he made clear he was firm in his demand for NZ$8.31 billion in wall funding and in rejecting the Democrats' request to reopen the government.

The question of beginning impeachment proceedings in the Congress has taken on renewed urgency after Democrats took control of the House of Representatives following their success in the midterm elections.

Mr Trump repeatedly said during his presidential campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall, but Mexico has refused and USA taxpayers likely will be left footing the bill.

The president is due to resume budget talks with top Democrats and Republicans on Friday.

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Senate Democratic Party Leader Chuck Schumer said that if Senate Republicans continued to stay on the sidelines, that "Trump can keep the Government shutdown for a long time".

It was a short celebration before the really hard work begins.

"The government couldn't reopen until Tuesday anyway because we don't have people here to vote", McConnell told reporters at the Capitol.

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This was the opening move, however.

Trump made the wall - a project estimated to cost about $23 billion - a key campaign promise in 2016, saying Mexico would pay for it and arguing it is needed to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

Democrat Nancy Pelosi is back in the Speaker's chair after eight years.

On Wednesday, during a meeting between the president and Democrats, Trump reportedly said he would "look foolish" if he backed down from his demand.

This is the most diverse Congress in American history.

'It's very hard to impeach somebody that's done a great job, ' he said, reinforcing the point.

As of Thursday, 102 women serve in the House, an all-time high, including 36 newly elected members and a record 43 women of colour.

Hours after being sworn into Congress on January 3, Rep. Rashida Tlaib of MI used some profanity when discussing her desire to see President Donald Trump impeached. He also hasn't excluded the idea of building it without Congressional approval.

The video was originally posted on social media by Jon Levine of The Wrap, though someone else was credited for filming the speech.

The partial United States government shutdown began when Congress and Mr Trump failed to reach an agreement over a budget bill in December.

More women than ever before won seats in Congress in the 2018 mid-terms.

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