US POLITICS: WASHINGTON- Trump stomps out as Dems reject wall funding

As seen from a window outside the Oval Office, President Donald Trump gives a prime-time address about border security Tuesday, January 8, 2018, at the White House in Washington. AFP PHOTO
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President Donald Trump will try to bolster his case for the border wall with a visit to the United States-Mexico border.

The trip Thursday (Friday in Manila) follows a White House meeting with Republican and Democratic leaders that fell apart quickly, showing the two sides are still far apart on how to bring the partial government shutdown to an end.

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Trump tweeted: “Just left a meeting with Chuck [Schumer] and Nancy [Pelosi], a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye.”

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Pelosi: “The president stomped out of the meeting when he said to me, ‘Will you support a wall?’ and I said ‘No.’”

Trump will be stopping in McAllen, Texas, where he’s expected to visit a border patrol station and stop at a section of the border.

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Uncertainty over federal funding for transportation projects is forcing some states to delay contracts for new road and bridge work while others are preparing for that possibility.

The Food and Drug Administration says routine food inspections aren’t getting done during the shutdown, but checks of the riskiest foods are expected to resume next week.

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‘Nine of the 15 Cabinet-level departments have not been funded, including Agriculture, Homeland Security, State, Transportation, Interior and Justice. Some iconic National Park facilities are shuttered as are the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo in Washington. Nearly everyone at NASA is being told to stay home, as are most at the Internal Revenue Service, which is responsible for processing tax returns and issuing refunds, though the administration says tax refunds will go out during the shutdown.

Some 420,000 federal employees whose work is declared essential are working without pay, including the FBI, TSA and other federal law enforcement officers. Some staff at the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security are also working without a paycheck.

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