President Donald Trump Tweetstorm - The Saturday Shutdown Edition

Capitol in Washington DC

Capitol in Washington DC

Later in the day, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer addressed Trump while speaking on the Senate floor, saying, "President Trump, if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall - plain and simple".

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY met with Pence today at the request of the White House, according to Schumer's office. But employees should report to work when scheduled to "undertake orderly shutdown activities".

"The Trump shutdown isn't over border security; it's because President Trump is demanding billions of dollars for an expensive, ineffective wall that the majority of Americans don't support", Schumer said.

That will change in January when the House comes under Democratic control.

For the shutdown to end, both the House and the Senate will have to approve any deal negotiated between Trump's team and Republican and Democratic leaders. Democrats are staunchly opposed, and the absence of a deal meant federal funds for dozens of agencies lapsed at midnight Friday.

Many agencies, including the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, are funded for the year and would continue to operate as usual.

A partial shutdown begins with affected agencies limiting staff to those deemed "essential" to public safety.

Trump earlier in the day predicted the government would shut down - and looked to place the blame on Democrats.

Trump's efforts to do that this week were undermined by his own comments during a televised argument with Schumer in the White House on December 11. But the House rebelled and approved a package temporarily financing the government but also setting aside $5.7 billion for the border wall. "I'll be the one to shut it down".

President Trump had insisted he would not sign any spending bill that did not include $5 billion for the border wall.

The president has demanded $5 billion in funding for the wall, but Democrats have pledged that taxpayers will not foot the bill.

President Donald Trump Tweetstorm - The Saturday Shutdown Edition

Trump savored the prospect of a shutdown over the wall for months.

The developments come hours after members of Congress and President Donald Trump were unable to reach an agreement Friday night, resulting in the third government shutdown of the year.

He sees it as a winning issue for his 2020 re-election campaign.

Trump added that he needed Democrats votes to secure funding for the border wall.

Republican Senators Lamar Alexander and Marco Rubio expressed frustration with what they said was Trump's shifting position.

Sessions, who was wheeling his suitcase through the Capitol on Saturday morning on his way to the airport, said he thought any deal that is reached would get passed in the House by unanimous consent, thereby avoiding the need for a roll call vote. "President Trump has said more than 25 times that he wanted a shutdown and now he has gotten what he wanted".

"Listen, anything can happen", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters after he closed the session.

Trump convened Republican senators for a morning meeting, but the lengthy back-and-forth did not appear to set a strategy for moving forward.

The possibility of a government shutdown fed investor anxieties and contributed to another down day for USA stocks on Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.82 percent, the S&P 500 lost 2.06 percent and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 2.99 percent. But when he convened a lunch at the White House, he invited only Republican lawmakers and officials.

He concluded: "Let's get out, let's work together, let's be bipartisan and let's get it done". About 8 in 10 employees of the National Park Service were to stay home; many parks were expected to close.

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