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Trump claims plan to end longest government shutdown in history

President backs away from national emergency threatHow the federal government closure is impacting millionsThe US government shutdown is now the longest such closure in history. On Saturday, day 22, members of Congress were out of Washington, Donald Trump was unmoved in the White House, his border wall unbuilt, and around 800,000 federal workers were still without pay and facing mounting hardship. Related: 'Barely above water': US shutdown hits black federal workers hardest Continue reading.....
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US government shutdown becomes longest in history

Trump backs away from national emergency threatHow the federal government closure is impacting millionsThe US government shutdown is now the longest such closure in history. On Saturday, day 22, members of Congress were out of Washington, Donald Trump was unmoved in the White House, his border wall unbuilt, and around 800,000 federal workers were still without pay and facing mounting hardship. Related: 'Barely above water': US shutdown hits black federal workers hardest Continue reading...
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Trump backs away from declaring national emergency to fund border wall

‘What we’re not looking to do right now is national emergency’White House attorneys and allies had prepared groundworkFollow the latest US politics newsDonald Trump has backed away from his threat to declare a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, as pressure mounts to find a solution to the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.“We want Congress to do its job,” the president said Friday during a round...
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Trump edges closer to declaring national emergency to fund border wall

White House attorneys and allies prepare groundworkTrump says declaration would ‘100%’ withstand scrutinyDonald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, as pressure mounts to find a solution to the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.Trump was consulting White House attorneys and allies about declaring a national emergency, and using presidential emergency powers to...
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Michael Cohen: former Trump fixer to testify before Congress – as it happened

Cohen to go before House committee in early FebruaryTrump heads to border and threatens national emergencySign up to the Guardian’s new US morning briefing 9.59pm GMT That’s it for the blog today. Here’s where things stand: 9.52pm GMT Former congressional candidate Richard Ojeda, who is mounting a presidential campaign, announced Thursday that he would resign from his seat in the West Virginia state senate to pursue a White House bid.Today I announced my resignation from the WV Senate t...
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'If I have to I will': Donald Trump on declaring a national emergency – video

The US president was speaking to reporters outside the White House when he was asked for his thoughts on calling a national emergency, to which he replied: I'll probably do it, almost definitely.' Donald Trump also denied having a 'temper tantrum' during his reported confrontation with DemocratsTrump repeats threat to call national emergency as he heads to border Continue reading...
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'If I have to I will' says Trump on prospect of declaring a national emergency – video

President Trump spoke to reporters outside the White House on Thursday before heading on a trip to the border. When asked about his thoughts on calling a national emergency, he said ‘I’ll probably do it, almost definitely’. He was also asked about the reported confrontation he had with Democrats, saying: ‘I don’t have tempter tantrums ... I didn’t pound the table. That is a lie’ Continue reading...
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Trump repeats threat to call national emergency as he heads to border

Texas visit – which Trump is reportedly unenthusiastic about – comes as rift with Democrats over shutdown hardensDonald Trump has reiterated his threat to declare a national emergency if Congress does not meet his demand for billions of dollars to construct a wall along the US-Mexico border as part of a deal to end the partial government shutdown.As he left the White House on Thursday for a visit to the Texas border, Trump told reporters he would prefer to work with Congress on a deal to end the...
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Trump leaves open option to declare national emergency: 'I may do it' – live

President says the ‘threshold’ for declaration is if he can’t make a deal with Congress over border wall and government shutdownStay informed: sign up for our new US briefing 8.21pm GMT Donald Trump implored Republicans to “stick together” as they come under pressure from Democrats, federal workers and the American public to reopen the government. During a closed-door lunch with Senate Republicans, Trump remained resolute in his negotiating position and made clear that he was not prepared to...
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Rod Rosenstein expected to leave DoJ after Trump's pick takes office – live

Rosenstein has overseen Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian collusion in the 2016 election for over a year and a half 2.05pm GMT As first reported by ABC News, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to step down in the coming weeks provided Trump’s nominee to be attorney general, Bill Barr is confirmed by the Senate.Rosenstein has overseen Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian collusion in the 2016 election for over a year and a half.Rosenstein has communicated to Presi...
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Mulvaney: switch to steel is Trump wall concession to end shutdown

President heads for Camp David as talks drag on in WashingtonStar-spangled shutdown: how nationalism warped US politicsReporting “not much progress” in talks to end a government shutdown entering its 16th day, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney perhaps hinted as to why: Donald Trump’s concession to Democrats resisting his demand for a border wall is to build it with steel, not concrete. Related: Is Mitt Romney the man to lead a Republican rebellion against Trump? Continue reading...
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Shutdown over Trump wall demand threatens food, tax, transport and more

President says government closure could last months or yearsOpinion: Trump will lose ‘bigly’ on immigrationThe US woke on Saturday to the 15th day of a partial government shutdown that Donald Trump said could go on for months or years, if he is not given funding for a wall on the Mexican border. New talks were due but as the nation digested the president’s rambling, contradictory and combative remarks at a White House press conference on Friday, potentially devastating effects of the shutdown we...
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Trump invites lawmakers to border security briefing amid shutdown

Top two leaders from both parties of each chamber have been invited to meeting after president said he is ‘ready’ to negotiate Donald Trump has invited congressional leaders to a White House briefing on border security on Wednesday, amid a government shutdown and political impasse over immigration and federal funding. Continue reading...
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John Kelly: judge me on what Trump didn't do while I was chief of staff

Retired general gives interview to Los Angeles TimesStatements on immigration and more likely to anger presidentAs Donald Trump attracted criticism for blaming the deaths of children in US custody on Democrats opposed to his demands for a border wall, outgoing White House chief of staff John Kelly said he had “nothing but compassion” for migrants attempting to enter the US without documentation. Related: El Paso aid agencies overwhelmed as 1,600 migrants are cast on to streets Continue readin...
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Trump blames Democrats for deaths of children as shutdown grinds on

President: deaths at border are result of ‘pathetic’ policiesWhat have two years of Trump’s wrecking ball done?The US government shutdown rolled through its eighth day with no resolution in sight and hundreds of thousands of workers trying to cope without pay. Donald Trump stayed hunkered down in the White House, talking at Democrats but not with them in a series of confrontational tweets about his demand for a border wall. Related: America’s new year’s resolution: impeach Trump and remove him...
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Trump moves towards US government shutdown with vow not to sign bill

Trump insists: ‘Any measure must include border security’Shutdown appears certain unless Trump changes his mindDonald Trump veered toward a shutdown of the federal government by vowing on Thursday not to sign a stopgap spending bill passed by the Republican majority in the Senate, taking his colleagues by surprise and catching many legislators who have already left town for the holiday break unawares.Trump, at a signing ceremony at the White House for unrelated legislation, said: “I’ve made my p...
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Trump moves towards US shutdown with vow not to sign spending bill

Paul Ryan: ‘The president informed us he will not sign the bill’Shutdown appears certain unless Trump changes his mindDonald Trump veered toward a shutdown of the federal government by vowing on Thursday not to sign a stopgap spending bill passed by the Republican majority in the Senate, taking his colleagues by surprise.Outgoing house speaker Paul Ryan announced after a meeting with Trump at the White House that the president would not sign the bill. Continue reading...
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Trump grants troops guarding border authority to use 'lethal force' – report

White House ‘decision memorandum’ claims evidence indicates migrants ‘may prompt incidents of violence’Donald Trump has authorized US troops guarding the border against migrant caravans to use deadly force if necessary, it was reported on Wednesday. Related: 'He may not rewrite immigration laws': Trump's asylum ban blocked by federal judge Continue reading...
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'Cities of tents': Trump heightens anti-immigrant rhetoric at White House

Speech billed as policy address offers few specifics as president pledges to indefinitely detain migrantsDonald Trump has stepped up his rhetorical attack over immigration ahead of next week’s midterm elections, using a White House address on Thursday to float what is possibly an unconstitutional clampdown on asylum-seekers – and hinted that even people throwing stones while at the US border could be targeted with military firepower.In a session lasting almost an hour in the Roosevelt Room, Trum...
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'People will die': Obama official's stark warning as Trump slashes refugee numbers

Bob Carey, who oversaw refugee resettlement under Obama, says Trump administration’s new limit will have dire consequencesA former senior government official who oversaw refugee resettlement under Barack Obama warned that the Trump administration’s decision to slash the refugee admissions cap to a record low could have fatal consequences.Bob Carey, the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) under the Obama administration from 2015 to 2017, told the Guardian the new limit of 30,000 ...
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US to slash refugee admissions to historic low of 30,000, Pompeo confirms

Victory for White House hardliners as secretary of state Pompeo says US will cut number of refugees by 15,000 next year The US will allow no more than 30,000 refugees into the country in the coming year, down by a third from last year’s cap, the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has announced.The latest cut reflects a victory by White House hardliners on immigration over both the state department and the Pentagon. When Donald Trump took office the ceiling on refugees the US was prepared to welcom...
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'You didn't get our message': key Trump aide Stephen Miller condemned by childhood rabbi

Neil Comess-Daniels denounces Miller as a purveyor of ‘violence, malice and brutality’ for zero-tolerance immigration policiesThe childhood rabbi to Stephen Miller, special adviser to Donald Trump and a key architect of his “zero-tolerance” immigration policies, criticized his former charge on Monday as a purveyor of “negativity, violence, malice and brutality” who had learned nothing from his Jewish spiritual education. Related: White House adviser admits Trump got his facts wrong in economy ...
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White House video claims immigrant crime causes 'permanent separations'

Killing of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts used to stoke anti-immigrant fears, even as studies show lower crime ratesDonald Trump’s White House has seized on the killing of a college student in the hopes of bolstering a sharply anti-immigrant agenda, even as studies show immigrants in the US are less likely to commit crimes than the native-born population.Within a day of law enforcement being led to what they believe is the body of Mollie Tibbetts, a 20-year-old student in Iowa who was missing for ...
Tags: White House, US, US news, Iowa, US crime, US immigration, Trump, Trump Administration, Mollie Tibbetts, Cristhian Bahena Rivera


Houston restaurant faces boycott after saying it was an "honor" to serve Jeff Sessions

Supporters and opponents of the US attorney general have called for a boycott of the Tex-Mex restaurant that served him, then apologised for doing soIt seems the moment a member of the Trump administration walks into a restaurant, they’ve already put it in a potentially business-threatening bind. In June, the Red Hen restaurant in Virginia refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and was besieged with protests, boycotts and threats, forcing it to close for weeks. Now ...
Tags: Texas, White House, Virginia, US, US news, Transgender, United States, LGBT rights, US immigration, Houston, Donald Trump, Trump, Jeff Sessions, Tex Mex, El Tiempo Cantina, Sarah Huckabee Sanders


'Dear Ivanka': celebrities flood Trump's Instagram over family separations

Alexa Chung, Amy Schumer and others are using the social media platform to refocus attention on child separationCelebrities including Amy Schumer and Alexa Chung have launched a coordinated campaign urging Ivanka Trump to speak out against the effects of the Trump administration’s family separation policy and to call for the resignation of the secretary of homeland security Kirstjen Nielsen.Last Thursday, the president’s daughter gave her view on the child separation policy adopted by the White ...
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Trump to boost flagging Senate candidate behind immigrant crackdown

The former Pennsylvania mayor Lou Barletta’s approach to undocumented immigrants lines up closely with the president’sDonald Trump will appear with Lou Barletta, the Republican candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania, on 2 August in what’s likely to be a typical Trump fundraiser: the president appearing on stage, talking about how convincingly he won the election and basking in the audience’s applause.But given Trump’s war on undocumented immigrants, it will represent more than that. It will mark t...
Tags: Politics, Republicans, Senate, US news, Pennsylvania, US immigration, Donald Trump, Trump, Hazleton, Barletta, Lou Barletta


Senate Democrats unveil bill to reunite immigrant families 'immediately'

Senators say measure would return 2,600 children to their parents as it seeks to overcome hurdles to reunification processDemocratic senators on Tuesday unveiled a new family reunification bill that they said would “immediately” reunite the 2,600 immigrant children still separated from their parents as a result of the White House’s zero-tolerance enforcement policy. “We as a country are better than this,” Senator Kamala Harris, a sponsor of the bill, said at a press conference. “We should not be...
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Trump hails 'tremendous victory' after supreme court upholds travel ban

White House says court ‘upheld authority’ after justices rule 5-4 ban was within president’s power to craft national security policyThe US supreme court has upheld Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries, in a significant victory for the administration and a blow to anti-discrimination advocates.In a 5-4 ruling handed down on Tuesday, the court accepted the government’s argument that the ban was within the president’s power to craft national security policy and his ...
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Trump stays on immigration offensive as Democrats seek answers on reunions

President seeks to blame separations on Obama and BushOpinion: How can America call itself a Christian country?Donald Trump sought in a speech in Nevada on Saturday to shift blame for the separation of immigrant children and their parents – and the pictures and recordings of ensuing distress that dominated world media this week – to his predecessors, George W Bush and Barack Obama.As he did so, Democratic members of Congress demanded answers about how such children would be reunited with their m...
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Trump press secretary Sarah Sanders ejected from Virginia restaurant

Red Hen in Lexington at centre of social media stormSanders says asked to leave ‘because I work for POTUS’The White House press secretary Sarah Sanders claimed on Saturday that she was thrown out of a restaurant because she works for Donald Trump. Related: How family separations caused Trump's first retreat – and deepened his bunker mentality Continue reading...
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