The standoff was triggered by Trump's demand for a round of funding for his promised wall on the U.S. -Mexico border. In the past, presidents used to give this address in writing, but in the television age it has metastasized into an annual spectacle in which the president speaks to the entire nation from the floor of the House and lays out his agenda. But none of the House Democrats took Trump up on the offer. "And she told me that she knows so many others in the same position-who are desperate for their government to fix this problem", Senator Murray said, noting that Shirley's story is one of countless families who are fearful and frustrated about how they will manage if the shutdown continues.
The speaker's trip was a closely held secret, and a source familiar with the situation stressed that it is irresponsible and reckless for Mr. Trump to tell the world Pelosi was headed to a war zone - particularly since the president was just in Iraq and saw how much care had to be taken to keep the trip secret and secure.
He says she should stay in Washington to negotiate ways to end the shutdown, which is at a stalemate over federal funding for his desired border wall.
President Donald Trump was expected to deliver a State of the Union address at the end of January.
A latest funding bill initiated by the Democrats to reopen the government through February 1 failed to obtain the two-thirds majority in the House here on Tuesday. "The form in which the State of the Union address is delivered isn't constitutionally specified, but if it's to be delivered as a Joint Session of Congress as has become the custom, the House and Senate must jointly adopt a resolution to schedule it".
Democratic senators huddled on the outdoor steps leading to the Senate in 39-degree (3.9-C) weather, holding large photographs of constituents furloughed by the shutdown or otherwise hurt by it, with Schumer saying Trump "is using these men and women as pawns".
The White House said Trump personally payed for the spread.
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Los Blancos are monitoring his situation as they look for potential replacements for Luka Modric and Gareth Bale. Real are also considering tabling bid for Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen.
It's the first group of rank-and-file Democrats to meet with Trump during the shutdown, which stretched into its 26th day on Wednesday.
House Democrats refused to participate in a Tuesday afternoon meeting with President Donald Trump, dashing the White House's long-shot hopes of convincing moderates to circumvent their leaders and reach a grand bargain to reopen the government. While the full list of signees is not finalized, Manchin told Politico they're aiming for the support of 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans.
Democrats rejected a GOP attempt that would have restored back pay for some 800,000 federal workers who missed a paycheck last week while keeping the government closed going forward.
It was announced on Wednesday that the Trump administration is calling almost 50,000 staff back to work, unpaid, in a bid to minimise the shutdown's impact.
Both the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday said they would call back almost 50,000 employees to handle tax returns, refunds and other tasks or to work in aviation safety inspection.
Meanwhile a group of Republican senators headed to the White House later Wednesday.
Workers have on average missed more than $5,000 in wages as a result of the shutdown, amounting to more than $200 million in missed wages for each work day since the shutdown began, the Times reported.