Trump arranged a briefing on the border at the White House situation room for lawmakers from both parties, the first face-to-face meeting between the president and Democratic leaders since the shutdown began.
"We were hopeful that we could get more of a negotiation", said McCarthy. We want to solve that issue.
Fox News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt said on "The Daily Briefing" that the Trump administration's demands for border wall funding aren't about money.
Democratic aides downplayed expectations for the 3 p.m. encounter at the White House, saying that since it was being billed by the White House as a "briefing" and not a meeting they were prepared for a one-sided and non-factual presentation.
Trump said he would keep the government in a partial shutdown "for as long as it takes", adding, "I think the people of the country think I'm right".
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, speaks during a press conference at Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC on November 6, 2018.
But Trump also rejected his own administration's offer to accept $2.5 billion for the wall. He added that Trump and Republicans "are now feeling the heat".
"Walls work", Trump said at a Cabinet meeting, with a poster of himself lying on the table in front of him.
Pence proposed a compromise nearly two weeks ago in a closed-door meeting with Democrats just hours before a shutdown of parts of government that lacked appropriations for the current fiscal year. Speaking in an interview with radio host Mark Simone on Wednesday, the fiery political commentator once again slammed Trump for not fulfilling his signature campaign promise, Mediaite reported.
The agencies that are unfunded and in shutdown mode include the Homeland Security Department that pays for the wall, as well as the Agriculture, Justice, Interior, Transportation, State and Housing departments.
The Republican-controlled Senate passed legislation last month that would have funded the government through 8 February without money for a border wall. McConnell spokesperson Donald Stewart said Senate Republicans would not take action without Trump's backing.
As long as House Democrats stick to their guns, is hard to see a graceful exit strategy for Trump and Senate Republicans.
The Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is among those institutions closed due to the partial government shutdown.
Even if only symbolic, the passage of the bills in the House would put fresh pressure on the president. At the same time, administration officials said Trump was in no rush for a resolution to the impasse, believing he has public opinion and his base on his side.
Whether the Republican-led Senate would consider the Democratic funding bills - or if Trump would sign either into law - was unclear. That was 30 years ago ...
But on Tuesday, Trump was openly asking if Democrats were willing to negotiate. The lawmakers were frustrated that Trump had dismissed their earlier legislation.
But California Democrats have remained painfully silent on Singh's death - even though Pelosi and California Sens.