President Donald Trump sent another scornful letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday, stating he still intends to deliver his State of the Union address in front of Congress on January 29-despite Pelosi canceling the event due to the partial government shutdown.
The shutdown has now dragged on for over a month - making it the longest of its kind in U.S. history.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised that Mexico would pay for his wall, but Mexico refused and now the Republican president wants U.S. taxpayers to pay for it. He did not say if it would amount to the $5.7 billion sought by Trump.
She claimed that the partial government shutdown had restricted the abilities of both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security, potentially harming the "weeks of detailed planning.to prepare for the safety of all participants" that precede the primetime address.
He added in a tweet that Democratic priorities for disaster relief were also included, "showing good faith from both sides". "I don't think he wants to - I hope - subject the Presidency to that kind of indignity, or test the right of a separate but coequal branch of government to invite the President as its guest or not".
"It's really a shame, what's happening with the Democrats", he said. Are you afraid of him quoting Democrats who have talked about how walls and barriers work? "I am not looking for an...."
Earlier on Wednesday, Trump dismissed the Democratic leader's concerns about security resulting from the shutdown.
"Again, I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when government has been opened", Pelosi said to Trump in her letter.
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But first, in a slight distraction from the 33-day closure, Nancy Pelosi reiterated that Donald Trump will not be delivering the State of the Union to Congress until the government reopens, a refusal the president has not taken well.
Its prospects appeared grim.
Democrats promptly rejected Trump's plan as insufficient, saying they would not trade a temporary restoration of the immigrants' protections in return for a permanent border wall that they view as ineffective.
If that's the case, it would be a notable new approach for the president, said Trump biographer Michael D'Antonio. Trump at first expressed support for legislation to restore the agencies' funding.
Trump wants to deliver the speech Tuesday as planned.
Mr Trump and the Democrats have so far been unable to strike a compromise over the proposed US-Mexican border wall, despite various attempts to break the "logjam" in Congress.
Barclays economists said on January 23 they reduced their outlook on USA economic growth in the first quarter to an annualized rate of 2.5 percent from an earlier projection of 3 percent as a result of the shutdown.
As acrimony in Washington grew, lawmakers across the political spectrum were left searching in vain for an exit strategy for the longest-ever halt to federal operations, as furloughed government employees and contractors vented their fury on Capitol Hill.