Trump Says any Deal Must Have Wall Down Payment

The Senate Rejected 2 Proposals Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Donald Trump will not accept a short-term deal to reopen the government unless it includes “a large down payment” for his promised border wall.

The statement from White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday came as Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer were meeting to try to hash out a solution.

Earlier Thursday, the Senate rejected competing Democratic and Republican proposals for ending the 34-day partial government shutdown, which is the longest in the nation’s history.

Sanders says the Senate leaders are trying to see “whether or not they can work out of the deadlock.” But she says a three-week continuing resolution “would only work if there is a large down payment on the wall.”

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