U.S. shutdown: Trump 'walks out' of meeting over border wall funds

US President Donald Trump will visit the US-Mexico border

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He also called to secure the funds necessary to build his long-promised wall along the border with Mexico, and blamed the Democrats for the current government shutdown.

In his speech to the American public on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump put forward a nonsensical argument that the construction of some kind of barrier on the US-Mexico border would fix an incredible range of wildly exaggerated problems.

"A total waste of time", Trump tweeted about his meeting with top Democratic congressional leaders.

Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who earlier on Wednesday accused Democrats of opposing the president out of partisan "spite", said Republicans were "all behind the president".

Democrat Nancy Pelosi, who took over as Speaker after her party wrested control of the House of Representatives, in her rebuttal appeared to make a case for opening the border to them.

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My fellow Americans, we address you tonight for one reason only: the President of the United States - having failed to get Mexico to pay for his ineffective, unnecessary border wall, and unable to convince the Congress or the American people to foot the bill - has shut down the government.

"Again, we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn't get his way". "Tell everyone they've got red eyes, they've got sharp claws, if we don't stop 'em they're going to eat our children and our Instagram".

The lack of progress in negotiations raises the prospect that Trump will declare a national emergency, a move that would bypass Congress and enable him to obtain funds from the Defense Department to build the wall.

But affirmed that they were for strengthening border security by using technology and improving the infrastructure.

As almost 800,000 federal workers still go without pay, the president remained at an impasse with congressional Democrats as he prepared to head to Capitol Hill to huddle with members of his own party behind closed doors on Wednesday.

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Trump's remarks came 18 days into a partial government shutdown precipitated by his demand for the wall, which he has said is needed to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs. It is the second longest government shutdown in USA history.

Moments after the White House meeting disintegrated, the president headed to Twitter to vent his frustration.

Ms. Jayapal, Washington Democrat, argued that if Mr. Obama's speech was political, then surely Mr. Trump's was the same if not more so.

The president's choice of a primetime national address had been much maligned by many in the political establishment. "My network will be carrying Trump's Wall speech live. But all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration".

Trump said in his address that it is up to Democrats to "pass a spending bill that defends our borders and reopens the government".

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"This is the tragic reality of illegal immigration on our southern border", he added.

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