Trump retaliates against Pelosi, says he's postponing her trip overseas

Trump retaliates against Pelosi, says he's postponing her trip overseas

It is an "affront" to President Donald Trump and his office for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to ask him to postpone the State of the Union address until after the government shutdown ends, Sen.

The shutdown, the longest in United States history, dragged into its 25th day on Tuesday with neither President Donald Trump nor Democratic congressional leaders showing signs of bending on the topic that triggered it-funding for a wall that Trump promised to build along the border with Mexico.

Since the shutdown started on December 22, the White House and the congressional Democratic leadership have held several rounds of negotiations over border security and wall funding, but all have ended in failure.

Pelosi had written to the president on Wednesday asking him to delay his State of the Union address, as the ongoing government shutdown would mean federal law enforcement officers would be working the event without pay.

Eight Democrats also broke with their party on Wednesday to vote against an amendment from Rep. James McGovern, Massachusetts Democrat, that would bar the disaster money from being used to fund President Trump's desired U.S. -Mexico border wall.

The White House did not immediately respond to the high-stakes move on the 26th day of the shutdown, as Trump and Democrats are at an impasse over Trump's demands for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the Mexican border. But now we are shutting down the government over a wall much like the one that Pelosi and Senate Democrats fully supported just five years ago?

Around one-quarter of all USA government departments have been affected, with approximately 800,000 federal employees furloughed or working unpaid.

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President Trump's Council of Economic Advisers' new estimates show that the partial shutdown, now in its fourth week, has already slowed economic growth and may push the economy into a contraction, The New York Times reported.

It also says that federal employees who were furloughed will receive back pay for not only the current shutdown but future shutdowns as well. Not one to kowtow to Democrats, or communicate with the written word, Trump may double down on his signature blockbuster spectacle.

Trump's move to ground the speaker came after Pelosi threatened Trump's planned January 29 State of the Union address, saying the shutdown raised concerns about whether the forum could have adequate security.

Congress is planning to skip next week's planned recess if the partial government shutdown continues.

As the shutdown enters its fourth week, the White House revealed to The New York Times on Tuesday that the USA economy is losing.13% economic growth per week.

Funding for the federal courts will run out next week because of the shutdown, Bob Carlson, president of the American Bar Association, which represents more than 400,000 lawyers, said on Wednesday, urging the administration and Congress to reach a compromise and restore funding to the federal judiciary. They will not be paid for time worked since the shutdown began until it ends, according to the notice, which was posted to the department's website and sent to employees. "We accepted the White House's invitation to meet today to convey that message".

Separately, a bipartisan group of senators explored solutions.

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