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US shutdown could stretch into January, Trump aide warns

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US President Donald Trump speaks on a telephone in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington US

Over the weekend, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R) of Kentucky said the chamber wouldn't reconvene until December 27, and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that it's possible the shutdown could go on until after the New Year.

The outcome of the shutdown will set the stage for the next two years of divided government in Washington, with Republicans in control of the White House and Senate and Democrats running the House.

"I am in the White House, working hard", the Republican president tweeted.

"We are negotiating with the Democrats on desperately needed Border Security (Gangs, Drugs, Human Trafficking & more) but it could be a long stay".

As part of those talks on Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence offered to drop the demand for $5 billion for a border wall, substituting instead $2.1 billion, ABC News reported, citing unnamed sources.

Democrats are staunchly opposed, and in the absence of a deal, federal funds for dozens of agencies lapsed.

The Senate adjourned Saturday afternoon with no deal to re-open the government, and while there will be a pro forma Senate session on Monday, the next actual session is not scheduled until Thursday.

"So President Trump, if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall, plain and simple", said Schumer.

More than half of those employees deemed essential, including U.S. Secret Service agents and Transportation Security Administration agents, must work without pay, though retroactive pay is expected.

The resulting stalemate resulted in a partial government shutdown over the weekend when senators couldn't agree on a funding package to keep a quarter of the federal budget flowing. The Mexican Government has said it would not fund the wall.

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January 3 is the day that the new Congress will convene and the Democrats will take over the House of Representatives, after winning it in the polls in November.

Republicans were saddled with the blame, but most Americans suffered relatively minor inconveniences like closed parks and delays in processing passport applications.

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However, the Democrats - and some Republicans - have made clear they will not vote for Trump's cherished border wall. The House is likely to follow suit.

Both the House and Senate opened but there were no signs of progress in negotiations, which had only been happening at the staff level.

Obama, while a junior senator in his only term, said during a 2006 floor speech that the bill provided 'better fences and better security along our borders, ' and predicted it would 'help stem some of the tide of illegal immigration in this country'.

But on Friday, he said he hoped the shutdown would not last long.

"This is our only chance that we'll ever have, in our opinion, because of the world and the way it breaks out, to get great border security", Mr Trump said last Friday.

Trump tweeted no less than 10 times on Monday to lash out at opponents of the wall project and to renew his verbal assaults on the Federal Reserve, which he blames for growing jitters over the U.S. economy.

With lawmakers like Meadows and prominent conservative commentators demanding that the president stick to his campaign promises, Trump would not budge on his wall.

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