No end for government shutdown after White House meeting

Federal courts have blocked Trump's effort to end a program begun in 2012 under Democratic former President Barack Obama that protected the Dreamers, who were brought into the United States as children, from deportation and gave them work permits.

Pelosi responded that they should wait to see what Mueller does.

"In that spirit, Democrats will be offering the Senate Republican appropriations legislation to reopen government later today - to meet the needs of the American people, and to protect our borders", she said.

President Trump reiterated his demand for a border wall at a meeting of his Cabinet Wednesday, saying the border "is like a sieve" and that adding drones and technology are not enough.

"Hopefully we're going to have a lot of things we can get done together and I think it's actually going to work out", said Mr Trump. "They need to set aside the politics and get to the policy of the issue". A White House official, one of two people who described that exchange only on condition of anonymity, said the president had been trying to explain that it would be foolish not to pay for border security. Representative Jim McGovern of MA, the incoming Democratic Rules chairman, said he was dismayed that any Democrats would oppose the party's own measure for how the House will be run, but he said the internal opposition won't be enough to sink the bill.

With Republicans strengthening their control over the Senate after November's election, it remains extremely unlikely that impeachment would result in Trump's removal from office.

Democrats said their approach would give both sides a month to negotiate a compromise on border security while reopening all other parts of the government.

US Democrats have vowed to pass bills that would end a government shutdown, when they take control of the House when Congress reconvenes on Thursday.

Crow promised during the campaign he thought new leadership was needed and that he would vote against Pelosi as speaker. Mitt Romney, were sworn in Thursday as the 116th Congress ushered in a new era of divided government.

Trump's meeting with Pelosi and Schumer was his first since an acrimonious Oval Office meeting with the pair on Dec 11.

Trump did not take questions and his top spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, left the room with him as reporters screamed for the president to take questions. A small group of progressives, including California Rep. Ro Khanna and incoming New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, say they'll vote against the rules. There is also Michigan's Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota's Ilhan Omar, the first two Muslim women to be elected.

"It's a new day in America", tweeted Ilhan Omar, a Muslim Somali refugee elected from Minnesota, along with a picture of her standing on Capitol Hill. With Democrats in the minority, however, there was not much that could be done to move forward with talks.

While it is nearly certain that some Democrats will introduce proceedings to remove Trump from office, Pelosi has downplayed the idea.

Even if Democrats believe some of Trump's actions clear the threshold of "high crimes and misdemeanors", Pelosi has downplayed the prospects of impeachment.

  • Joey Payne