He declared a meeting on Sunday chaired by vice president Mike Pence "productive", even as Democrats said no progress had been made and no further meetings of the group were scheduled. She said the priority would be the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service, "an action necessary to make sure working families received their tax refunds on schedule".
Trump faces a messaging war with Democrats over the government shutdown fight, as Democrats began the new year sounding the alarm on how the partial shutdown is hurting Americans and government employees. While the House last week approved a pair of funding bills to re-open the federal government, Senate Republicans are not planning to bring those up on the floor, as the first bill up for consideration in 2019 will be on USA foreign policy in the Middle East.
Earlier in the day, Trump has asked United States television networks for a chance to address the nation on Tuesday to explain the continuing partial USA government shutdown and the need for a border wall, New York Times reports said on Monday.
"It (the shutdown) is a very important battle to win".
US President Donald Trump on Sunday pledged not to bend in his demand for a wall along the southern border with Mexico but said the barrier could be made of steel instead of concrete as a potential compromise with Democrats who refuse to fund the project.
Trump says he's still mulling declaring a national emergency to try to circumvent Congress.
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The soldiers involved have been taken into custody and President Ali Bongo's government remains in control, Mr Mapangou said. The developments came as Bongo is recovering at a private residence in the Moroccan capital Rabat.
Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told CNN's "State of the Union" program on Sunday that the negotiations held Saturday was "disappointing". Steel is fine. Steel is actually more expensive than concrete, but it will look handsome and it's very strong.
He tells reporters as he departs the White House for meetings at Camp David that he'll be asking the companies to design "a lovely steel product" and "we'll use that as our barrier". He wrongly claimed that he'd never called for the wall to be concrete. He said Trump had painted himself into a corner and needs to "figure out how he unpaints himself from that corner". "But many of those people that won't be receiving a paycheck, many of those people agree 100 percent with what I'm doing", said the president, in response to NBC reporter Kelly O'Donnell. Nonetheless Mulvaney sought to display any hopes that the shutdown could end quickly to NBC News saying the shutdown is "going to drag on a lot longer". "He's not building a wall anymore, ' that should help us move in the right direction", he added.
The White House warned again that the shutdown could last for some time while suggesting that the offer of a steel barrier was an olive branch to Democrats.
The president meanwhile continued to press his case on Twitter, posting an image of a barrier alongside the caption "The wall is coming" - a reference to the tagline from hit TV show Game of Thrones.
Democrats on Sunday released the text of four appropriations bills to immediately fund key parts of the federal government.
A source in the meeting said the weekend talks were good only in the sense that they got a more precise sense of what the administration wanted.