It was a foundational promise of Donald Trump's historic presidential campaign: Mexico would pay for his 2,000 mile border wall. But as he desperately fights for $5.7 billion in taxpayer money for the project, Trump now claims he never said Mexico would directly foot the bill. "Obviously, I never said this and I never meant they're going to write out a check," the president told reporters Thursday at the White House.
WASHINGTON - Furloughed federal employees and out-of-work contractors greeted each other Thursday with a sarcastic nickname that, on the 20th day of a partial government shutdown, captured their feeling of powerlessness: "Hello, fellow pawns." They shouted it to each other over the brutal wind and bitter cold in downtown Washington, where hundreds gathered to demand government leaders put an end to the shutdown and allow them to get back to work.
President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen has agreed to testify in a public hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in early February, panel Democrats announced Thursday. Cohen agreed to the Feb. 7 hearing voluntarily, panel chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said.
WASHINGTON - Democrats sought unsuccessfully Thursday to pass bills to reopen shuttered government agencies as President Donald Trump headed to the U.S.-Mexico border in a bid to gain leverage in a stalemate over funding his long-promised border wall. With a partial government shutdown now nearly three weeks old, Trump has an afternoon event planned at a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, and will then head to the Rio Grande for a briefing, according to guidance provided by the White House.
Stocks of major retailers dipped ahead of market open Thursday morning, Jan. 10, on the heels of their 2018 holiday season sales reports. Macy's shares were down more than 18 percent after the company slimmed its earnings outlook for 2019. In November and December, sales at stores operating for at least a year - including online sales - climbed 1.1 percent.
WASHINGTON - After abruptly walking out of budget negotiations with Democrats to end the government shutdown, President Donald Trump on Thursday is taking his case for building a wall to the U.S-Mexico border, where he claims illegal crossings have created a humanitarian and security crisis. Trump is scheduled to arrive early Thursday afternoon, Jan. 10, in McAllen, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, one of the busiest regions of the southern border and the epicenter of his administration's controversial family separations.
WASHINGTON - A beefed-up White House legal team is gearing up to prevent President Donald Trump's confidential discussions with top advisers from being disclosed to House Democratic investigators and from being revealed in the special counsel's long-awaited report, setting the stage for a potential clash between the branches of government. The strategy to strongly assert the president's executive privilege on both fronts is being developed under newly arrived White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who has hired 17 lawyers in recent weeks to help in the effort.
WASHINGTON - Talks between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats aimed at ending a partial government shutdown collapsed in acrimony and disarray Wednesday, with Democrats accusing the president of walking out and Trump calling the meeting "a total waste of time." The breakdown in talks left no end in sight for the shutdown on its 19th day. Trump continued to demand billions for his U.S.-Mexico border wall as a condition for reopening the government, a push Democrats have continually rejected.
In the midst of a government shutdown, President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off federal emergency aid to California for forest fires. Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that "billions of dollars" are sent to California to help with its wildfire recovery efforts and claimed, without evidence, that the state would not need the funds if forests were properly managed. "Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money," Trump stated. "It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!"
BASKERVILLE, Va. - The government check hadn't arrived, and John Boyd was out of seeds. So he left his family farm here in southern Virginia on Tuesday and went to the local Farm Service Agency office, a last-ditch attempt to see if any essential personnel with the U.S. Department of Agriculture were still working. He was hoping they could help, even with the partial federal government shutdown stretching to its 19th day.