Mick Mulvaney, Trump's acting chief of staff, told NBC's Meet the Press program that agreeing to a steel separation would allow Democrats to stick to their refusal to fund a wall. "She went in front of an enthusiastic crowd of her supporters and it was red meat for them".
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement on Saturday that Democrats in the House, who now hold a majority, will take action next week to reopen the government by approving individual funding bills for agencies affected by the shutdown. That effort is created to squeeze Senate Republicans, some of whom are growing increasingly anxious about the extended shutdown.
The seemingly intractable budget showdown marks the first clash for Trump and Democrats, who now control the House.
Showing little empathy for the hundreds of thousands of federal workers furloughed or working without pay, Trump declared - without citing evidence - that most are Democrats.
Yesterday, newly-elected Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi did not exclude the possibility of Trump's impeachment, however, she noted that the Democrats were waiting for the results of the investigation on Russia's interference in the USA presidential elections. One of the officials - neither was authorized to speak publicly - said no additional meetings were scheduled. "But I think we're going to have some very serious talks come Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday". While insisting he wanted to make a deal, he also declared he would not give an inch in his fight for funding for a border barrier, saying: "There's not going to be any bend right here".
"The barrier, or the wall, can be of steel instead of concrete, if that helps people". But a Democratic aide familiar with the meeting said Democrats urged the White House to pass measures to reopen the government without wall funding and Pence said Trump would not do that.
Among the Republicans expressing concerns was Sen. But the House would need support from the Senate, which is controlled by the Republicans, at least until the 2020 presidential election.
"I don't expect to have anything happen at that meeting", said Trump about the talks led by Pence on the impasse over money for a U.S. -Mexico border wall.
Several Republicans pushed the Interior Department to find money to restaff national parks amid growing concerns over upkeep and public safety.
NASA declares New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule a huge success
He said the spacecraft "is like a time machine , taking us back to the birth of the solar system". It consists of two nearly spherical lobes, one with about three times the volume of the other.
Pressure was mounting Sunday on Capitol Hill for a resolution to the standoff. Sen.
Despite Trump's assertions, Yale law professor Bruce Ackerman argued in a New York Times' op-ed Saturday that declaring a national emergency to use military funds for the wall would be illegal and any service members involved would be "committing a federal crime".
Later in the afternoon, Trump told reporters, "We're looking at a national emergency because we have a national emergency".
However, such a move could face legal challenges in court.
Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called it a "non-starter".
Last week, President Trump warned that the partial government shutdown could continue for months and even years if he is not able to reach a deal with Democrats.
"I can relate, and I'm sure that the people that are on the receiving end will make adjustments, they always do, and they'll make adjustments", Trump said.
"Are you recalibrating your assessment of how you can work with this president?"