US shutdown: No breakthrough as talks go into a second day

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Senior Trump administration officials met Democratic congressional staffers, but failed to break a deadlock over a proposed border wall and end a two-week-old partial US government shutdown.

Vice President Mike Pence, who led the talks, posted on Twitter that the meeting was “productive” and that both sides agreed to meet again on Sunday. 

Negotiations have been at an impasse over President Donald Trump’s demands for $5.6bn to fund a wall at the US-Mexico border.

On Friday, Trump declared he could keep the shutdown going for “months or even years”.

Pence said in a statement after the meeting he had reiterated Trump’s position that funding for the wall was needed, but he said “there was no in depth conversation about dollar figure.”

Earlier on Saturday, Al Jazeera’s Gabriel Elizondo, reporting from Washington, DC, had said there were no signs that any progress will be made at the talks.

“He [Pence] hasn’t come out and given any information, we’re not expecting to hear any new information from him, so right now, there’s a meeting, talks are going on, but the key people in this – President Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House – are not holding talks. and there’s no indication that they are going to meet anytime soon and make any progress on this.”

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