McConnell looks to shift blame for shutdown to Pelosi

McConnell looks to shift blame for shutdown to Pelosi

McConnell looks to shift blame for shutdown to Pelosi

The shutdown began on December 22, after Trump insisted he would not sign legislation funding a quarter of government agencies unless it included more than $5bn for a wall along the United States border with Mexico.

The House and Senate have announced they will cancel an upcoming recess week if the shutdown continued, which seemed likely.

Trump told the players and coaches that he didn't want to postpone their visit, which came on the heels of an undefeated season that culminated in winning the national championship. "And it's going to be very interesting to see at the end of this evening how many are left", Trump told reporters.

The vice president said that he and the Trump administration were also concerned about the 70 percent of undocumented immigrants that "report being victims of violence along the journey [to the U.S.] at the hands of human traffickers, drug smugglers and vicious gangs", citing data from Doctors Without Borders. Trump called them a "great team, an unbelievable team".

With President Trump and Republicans bearing the brunt of the blame for the federal government shutdown, Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, said Monday that neither his party nor congressional Democrats should be proud of what's happening.

Behind the scenes, though, the administration - and its allies on Capitol Hill - are warily eyeing the next payday, hoping to reach a resolution before next week's Tuesday deadline, when they'll need to prepare the next round of paychecks for workers who have been seeing zeros on their pay slips.

White House staff weren't around due to the government shutdown, so Trump says he paid for around 1,000 items himself.

The pool report noted that the Clemson players arrived shortly before 6 the White House band played a rendition of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean".

Federal officials says the most common trafficking technique is to hide drugs in vehicles coming into the USA though land entry ports, where the vehicles are stopped and subject to inspection.

Lawrence refuted the image in a tweet, saying he never made those remarks and the trip to the White House was "awesome".

"The Clemson championship team, the national championship team will be coming tonight, it'll be exciting", Trump said when speaking to reporters outside the White House.

The partial shutdown - the longest in US history - is in its fourth week.

The president moved on to praising the Tigers for their accomplishments, including becoming the first top-level college team to go 15-0 since 1897. "I really mean it", Trump had said earlier in the day.

Rep. Jim Himes of CT, another centrist Democrat, said the White House is "grasping at straws".

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