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Government shutdown: Trump digs in as hundreds of thousands miss paychecks – live Government shutdown: Trump digs in as hundreds of thousands miss paychecks – live
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The latest edition of the Guardian’s podcast, Today in Focus, addresses the shutdown.
Tune in to hear Lauren Gambino, in Washington DC, and Bryan Mealer, in Texas, discuss how Trump’s central campaign promise has led to this point of paralysis.
So what’s Trump up to this morning?
So far, he’s continuing the lie that Mexico is paying for the border wall. According to the non-partisan factcheck.org (and numerous other fact checkers) this is false. But here we go:
I often said during rallies, with little variation, that “Mexico will pay for the Wall.” We have just signed a great new Trade Deal with Mexico. It is Billions of Dollars a year better than the very bad NAFTA deal which it replaces. The difference pays for Wall many times over!
Later on – at 2.30pm – Trump will be holding a public cabinet meeting about border security.
Good morning and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the day’s politics news.Good morning and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the day’s politics news.
Hundreds of thousands of people will miss their paychecks today as the government shutdown rolls on. It’s the first payday that federal workers will forego due to the impasse. That comes as the deadlock between Donald Trump and Democratic leaders over $5.7bn funding for a border wall shows no sign of coming to an end.Hundreds of thousands of people will miss their paychecks today as the government shutdown rolls on. It’s the first payday that federal workers will forego due to the impasse. That comes as the deadlock between Donald Trump and Democratic leaders over $5.7bn funding for a border wall shows no sign of coming to an end.
Trump is continuing to explore options which don’t require negotiation, however. Specifically, the president is exploring a national emergency declaration, which would enable him to swipe government money without the approval of Congress.Trump is continuing to explore options which don’t require negotiation, however. Specifically, the president is exploring a national emergency declaration, which would enable him to swipe government money without the approval of Congress.
According to reports, Trump fancies taking money for his wall from money earmarked for disaster recovery. He could nab funding from the Army Corps of Engineers budget. The Washington Post says Trump “has urged the Army Corps” to determine how quickly they can get building contracts signed.According to reports, Trump fancies taking money for his wall from money earmarked for disaster recovery. He could nab funding from the Army Corps of Engineers budget. The Washington Post says Trump “has urged the Army Corps” to determine how quickly they can get building contracts signed.
In other news, the US has begun withdrawing troops from Syria. A spokesman for the US-led coalition against Isis said the withdrawl had begun but offered no further details. Trump surprised many with his abrupt announcement of the pull out last month.In other news, the US has begun withdrawing troops from Syria. A spokesman for the US-led coalition against Isis said the withdrawl had begun but offered no further details. Trump surprised many with his abrupt announcement of the pull out last month.