Trump claps back at Pelosi, says he's postponing her global trip

Senator Lindsey Graham

It added that the department's leadership was "deeply concerned" about the financial hardships its employees are facing.

Support for Mrs. Pelosi's bold confrontation of the president was even stronger on the other side of the Capitol, as House Democrats have rallied behind the new speaker in her showdown with Mr. Trump. Johnson told Mills that if the congressman from Arkansas didn't let the bottled-up Medicare bill come to a vote in the full House, Johnson would start shutting down military bases in Mills' home state. Thursday's bill would reopen the government through February 28. Democrats, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, insist on reopening the government before negotiating the budget for border security.

"I don't see how negotiations can really take place while the federal workers and contractors and all those who depend on the services of the federal government are being held hostage", she said.

The White House has denied leaking Pelosi's backup plan to fly commercially and says it leaked nothing that would cause a security risk. Democrats have resisted the wall, calling it low-cost, immoral and ineffective.

They've said there there are cheaper and more effective ways of enhancing border security.

The shutdown, already the longest ever, entered its 27th day Thursday.

Pelosi's accusation came as the Trump administration barred USA congressional travel on government-owned or operated aircraft during the partial government shutdown, with tensions skyrocketing between the Democratic-majority House of Representatives and the Republican White House.

She then told CNN it was a "housekeeping matter in the Congress of the United States, so we can honor the responsibility of the invitation we extended to the President".

The agency later said it was capable of securing the venue. Sometimes the return trip gets delayed - and she's needed in Washington to herd the far-left Democrats and the farther-left Democrats to keep up their nonstop attacks on the president. Some were puzzled by Mr. Trump's claim that rank-and-file Democrats looking to make a shutdown deal are being held back by party leaders. Travel plans are compromised by shuttered federal parks and airport delays.

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If he blinks first and ends the shutdown and Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe bombshell report lands the same day or next, nobody's going to be talking about the shutdown so might as well keep the shutdown story alive.

"It is an atrocity what is happening to ordinary workers", he said. The sick-out rate was 7.7 percent on Sunday.

Pelosi has been at the Capitol working with new members to pass legislation.

Yet Democrats fear that if they negotiate while the shutdown persists, it would encourage Trump to use such brinkmanship in the future. The impasse is draining the finances of hundreds of thousands of federal employees going without paychecks.

Wildfire managers are anxious about hiring, training and forest management as the shutdown drags into a fourth week.

Trump told Pelosi that a congressional delegation she was heading that was about to depart snowy Washington to meet with US military officials at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels and in Afghanistan couldn't use military aircraft.

A portion of a letter sent to President Donald Trump from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 in Washington.

A top House Republican, Louisiana's Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES'), tweets that Democrats are interested only in obstruction.

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