President Trump Holds Cabinet Meeting on Day 12 of Government Shutdown


In his first public appearance of the new year, President Donald Trump said the government shutdown, which is now on its 12th day, will last "as long as it takes." 

"Could be a long time or could be quickly," Trump said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House Wednesday.

The president said his Homeland Security officials will "make a plea" for the border wall during a briefing for congressional leaders.

Trump is still continuing to push for the $5.6 billion he wants from congress for border security and has rejected the $2.5 billion offer from the administration. 

Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that Democrats would take action to "end the Trump Shutdown" by passing legislation Thursday to reopen government.

"We are giving the Republicans the opportunity to take yes for an answer," she wrote in a letter to colleagues. "Senate Republicans have already supported this legislation, and if they reject it now, they will be fully complicit in chaos and destruction of the President's third shutdown of his term."

House Democrats plan to end the shutdown with a package that would include one bill to temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels with $1.3 billion for border security, through Feb. 8 as talks continued.

It would also include another measure to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown, providing money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to Sept. 30.

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