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Did Trump falsely claim Mexico is paying for wall?

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Published on January 06, 2019 with No Comments

  • Trump and top lawmakers fail to resolve shutdown after meeting
  • Demands taxpayer money for wall in meeting with Democrats

·      Trump gives no timetable for Syria troop withdrawal

US President Donald Trump has said that the United States would get out of Syria”over a period of time” and wants to protect the US-backed Kurdish fighters in the country as Washington draws down troops.Trump did not provide a timetable for the planned military exit from Syria, which he unexpectedly announced last month against the advice of top national security aides and without consulting politicians or US allies participating in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS). He gave Iran free rein to further entrench itself in Syria, but claimed that Tehran was no longer seeking to bolster its presence in the beleaguered country. “They can do what they want there, frankly,” he told reporters, referring to Iranian forces.

President Donald Trump has rejected a plan from Democrats to reopen key parts of the federal government, as a meeting of the country’s top political leaders disbanded with no sign of progress toward ending the partial shutdown.

The president is demanding more than $5 billion to build a new wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. House Democrats plan to advance legislation that would reopen key parts of the government but deny Trump any additional money for a wall, as one of their first acts after they take control of the chamber.

But Trump told congressional leaders he will not sign the measure, said incoming House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who attended the meeting. “The president’s not going to sign it.  Now’s the time to come together, find common ground and solve this problem,” McCarthy said. “I didn’t find the Democrats were wanting to negotiate today.”

The shutdown began Dec. 22, and its effects are spreading, particularly in the Washington region. The Smithsonian Institution closed its museums and the National Zoo too. Trash and human waste are piling up at national parks.

The District of Columbia has stopped issuing marriage licenses because of cutbacks to its funding, and the Internal Revenue Service, Securities and Exchange Commission, and a number of other agencies have suspended or scaled back a range of services for families and businesses.


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