PressTV-Trump rejects new Democratic push to end shutdown

US President Donald Trump has once again turned down calls by Democrats to end a partial shutdown of the federal government over the funding of his controversial border wall.

The president invited top congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday to discuss possible ways to end the shutdown as it dragged towards its third week.

During the meeting, Trump said he would not back down unless he is given the $5.6 billion he has requested for the 2,000-mile physical barrier, which is supposed to stop illegal immigration and drug trafficking through the southern border.

“Could be a long time, or it could be quickly,” Trump said of ending the shutdown. “It’s too important a subject to walk away from.”

He urged both parties in a tweet to work together and “pass a Funding Bill that protects this Nation and its people – this is the first and most important duty of government.”

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