Shutdown continues as lawmakers try to find common ground

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The showdown between Congress and the president over the border wall shows no signs of stopping.

President Trump hosted lawmakers for another round of negotiations at the White House.

The day after his Oval Office address, the president traveled to Capitol Hill to shore up support with Republican Senators.

Later in the day, President Trump hosted leaders of both parties at the White House for a third round of negotiations. Democrats said their position remains the same thought; until 800,000 government workers are guaranteed a paycheck, the fight over the wall can wait.

“He asked Speaker Pelosi, ‘Will you agree to my wall?'” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-Minority Leader after the event. “She said no, And he just got up and said, ‘Then we have nothing to discuss.’ And he walked out.” 

“if you don’t understand financial insecurity than you would have a policy that takes pride in keeping in saying, ‘I’m going to keep government shutdown for months or years unless you totally agree with my position,” said Pelosi, speaker of the House.  

Presidential Advisor Mercedes Schlapp said federal workers support the president.

“It’s unfortunate that these federal workers that they’re caught in the middle of this fight, but they’ll get their back pay,” Schlapp said. “We want to reopen the government but we also [have to] secure the border.”

The president is preparing to head out of town. He’ll travel to Texas on Thursday to visit the U.S.-Mexico border.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said there’s clearly a crisis at the border. 

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