Shutdown Day 7: Trump Reportedly Slashes Border Wall Funding Demand in Half, Dems Won’t Budge


As of midnight, the United States government will have been partially shut down for one full week. And there appears to be little hope in sight of the standoff concluding anytime soon.

According to a report from Fox News, President Donald Trump has come off of his demand for a $5 billion budget allocation for a Southern border wall. Instead, he is asking Democrats for $2.5 billion.

Democrats, reportedly, are holding the line at zero.

“We put the last offer on the table,” acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters outside the White House Friday morning. “In a negotiation…you don’t make an offer, and then make another offer, and another offer. We made an offer last Saturday night, and they told us they’d get back to us by the end of the week. They got back to us last night and said, ‘We’re leaving.'”

Drew Hammill, the deputy Chief of Staff for House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), said Democrats are holding firm on their stance not to fund the wall.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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