THE LEAD STORY – SHUTDOWN APPROACHES WEEK 3: President Trump and Democrats appeared to be as far apart as ever on the border wall as little progress appeared to be made during weekend talks and the partial government shutdown approached its third week ... After Trump and Vice President Mike Pence wrapped up separate meetings on border security and the ongoing partial federal government shutdown on Sunday, the president offered his strongest endorsement yet of a proposal to build a steel wall, rather than a concrete barrier, at the southern border. "They don't like concrete, so we'll give them steel," Trump told reporters after returning to the White House from a meeting with his advisers at Camp David.
The president framed his new pitch for a steel wall as a concession to Democrats to move negotiations along, as the shutdown entered its 16th day. Meanwhile, Democrats published the full text of several spending bills to reopen the government on Sunday that the White House and Senate Republicans have long said have no chance of becoming law because they do not include any funding for a wall of any kind. - Reported by Gregg Re