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Shutdown expected to last into new year as Trump, Congress remain in a ‘stalemate’

A partial government shutdown is now in its third day. President Trump insists that Democrats are to blame, but Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., countered that they’re hearing inconsistent demands from the White House regarding what it would take to come to an agreement. Yamiche Alcindor joins Nick Schifrin with the latest on the negotiations and who has been affected.

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  • Nick Schifrin:

    In this country, it's the third day of a partial government shutdown, and there's no end in sight.

    Our White House correspondent, Yamiche Alcindor, is here with an update.

    OK, Yamiche, so where do things stand in negotiations between the White House and Congress?

  • Yamiche Alcindor:

    Negotiations have stalled. And it's looking like the shutdown is going to last with into 2019.

    Incoming Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said he doesn't expect that this is going to be resolved very quickly. He said that the White House is willing to come off the initial $5 billion amount, which is what the president was asking for the border wall. But there's no specific number in sight.

    And they're about at least $2 billion to $3 billion apart when it comes to Democrats and Republicans on this.

    I want to read to you a statement that the Democratic leaders Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi, put out today. They said: "Different people from the same White House are saying different things about what the president would accept or not accept to end his Trump shutdown, making it impossible to know where they stand at any given moment."

    So we're at a stalemate.

  • Nick Schifrin:

    So President Trump a couple weeks ago, I think, said, I will take the blame for this shut down.

    But, more recently, he's blamed the Democrats. We're on day three right now. What's he saying today?

  • Yamiche Alcindor:

    The president is saying a lot.

    There was a tweetstorm going on. But I want to read to you one specific tweet that I think encapsulates what the president is thinking today. He said at about — he said this morning, on Christmas Eve: "I'm all alone, poor me in the White House, waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed border security At some point, the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our country more money than the border wall we are all talking about. Crazy."

    So the president is in fact alone in the White House. The first lady and his son and his son Barron are going to be flown or at least flying back from Florida to be with him for Christmas. But there was a point today where he was sitting in the White House while the lawmakers in the Senate and the House were out.

    He did meet with the secretary of homeland security today. But, as of right now, the president is still waiting for the shutdown to end.

  • Nick Schifrin:

    And you just mentioned those lawmakers are out. I mean, in the past, we have seen lawmakers be absolutely urgent about responding to the shutdown. Why aren't we seeing that urgency this time?

  • Yamiche Alcindor:

    Well, it's only 25 percent of the government that's being affected. The other thing is that government workers have been out of work since the shutdown began.

    It began on midnight on Saturday. Today, which is Christmas Eve, was a federal holiday that Trump created by executive order. Christmas is also an executive order — a federal holiday.

    And then you have Wednesday, where furloughed workers are going to start feeling the pain. The other thing is that the White House is saying, the incoming chief of staff is saying that the check that is actually going to be impacted is January 11.

    Also, museums around the country and in D.C. are still open, so people are able to do that. So it's a little different than in past.

  • Nick Schifrin:

    But it looks like the shutdown may last into 2019.

  • Yamiche Alcindor:

    Yes.

  • Nick Schifrin:

    Yamiche Alcindor, thank you so much.

  • Yamiche Alcindor:

    Thanks so much.

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