President escalates border battle with Democrats, cancels congressional travel

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump had acted within his authority as commander in chief.

Democrats are so far keeping a united front against the White House, which is actively trying to peel off more moderate Democratic members in order to put pressure on Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY. The funding lapse, which entered its 27th day Thursday, is the longest government shutdown in US history.

Trump's refusal to sign spending bills that lack $5.7 billion he wants to start constructing that wall, which Democrats oppose, has prompted the shutdown.

Hassett told reporters the White House is doubling its estimate of the strain on the economy of the shutdown, and now calculates that it is slowing growth by about 0.1 percentage points a week.

"I am running out of ideas", he said. The official wasn't authorized to speak by name about the matter, so spoke on condition of anonymity.

Previous White House estimates of the impact did not fully take into account the effect on people who work for private companies that contract with the government to provide services, Hassett said. The White House said there was no such leak. The measure was voted down 195-222, and the House Democrats will continue with a plan to vote on another appropriations bill next week that will fund the government through February 28.

In addition, Democrats were working toward adding money for more border security personnel and for sensors and other technology to a separate bill financing the Department of Homeland Security, but no funds for a wall or other physical barriers, the aide said. Trump had pledged that the wall would be paid for by Mexico. "They're a little short on the R side", said Sen.

"I don't understand if Mister Trump understands the laws and procedures in our country", said Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.), "I mean, I don't know what Speaker Pelosi is doing or not doing, but sometimes members take trips into unsafe areas and only announce it after the fact". Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of NY, the Democratic caucus chairman, told reporters earlier Tuesday. During the shutdown, Mr Trump has routinely blamed them for the stalemate, although he had earlier said he would take responsibility for it. So, we're going to talk to those individuals, to those Democrats, see if we can make some inroads.

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"One sophomoric response does not deserve another", he said in a statement.

The lunch meeting ended shortly after 1:30 p.m. ET, and Republicans who attended publicly lamented that their colleagues from across the aisle did not come.

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Pelosi was planning to leave for Afghanistan on Thursday afternoon, according to a Democratic aide, but it was unclear whether Pelosi's trip included the other destinations mentioned by Trump. "We accepted the White House's invitation to meet today to convey that message".

In a letter to Trump, Pelosi cited security concerns, noting that both the Secret Service and the Homeland Security Department are entangled in the partial government shutdown, now in its fourth week.

Trump has yet to respond to Pelosi's suggestion on the State of the Union.

Trump's move to ground the speaker came after Pelosi threatened Trump's planned January 29 State of the Union address, saying the shutdown raised concerns about whether the forum could have adequate security.

Trump has rejected a short-term legislative fix and dug in for more combat, declaring he would "never ever back down".

Pelosi had been scheduled to travel on a military aircraft as part of a congressional delegation to Belgium, where North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is based, and Afghanistan to visit American troops stationed there.

"In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate", he wrote.

Pelosi, undeterred, quietly began making her own preparations for the overseas trip.

Just hours before Pelosi and other members of Congress were to board a military jet to visit troops in Afghanistan, Trump told her she couldn't go.

"The administration leaked that we were traveling commercially", Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol.

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