US President Donald Trump walked out of a meeting between businessmen and Democratic leaders on the 19th day of the US Government shutdown.
During the meeting, which lasted all of 14 minutes, the Democrats continued to insist they would not approve financing of the wall along the border with Mexico. Trump described the meeting as ‘a waste of time’.
Trump is requesting nearly six billion dollars to build a steel barrier between the Mexican border and the US, to stop more migrants from crossing into his country. This had been one of his major promises, with Trump insisting on the Republicans to approve the proposal.
The Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, are refusing to finance the project.
Some 800,000 federal workers are the victims of this saga, and for the first time will not be paid since the start of the shutdown of staff in Federal Government departments and agencies on 22 December.