With Democrats and Republicans refusing to budge on border security and the budget, the partial government shutdown on Saturday entered the third week of what could be a very long standoff.
When it reaches 16 days on Sunday, the shutdown will be tied as the third longest in history. And with Congress out of session until Tuesday, it’s poised to secure second place on that list—at least.
“Not much headway made today,” President Trump tweeted Saturday evening. “After so many decades, must finally and permanently fix the problems on the Southern Border!”
Trump’s three designated negotiators—Vice President Mike Pence, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law—met with Democratic congressional staffers for two hours Saturday without making substantial progress, a Pence aide said.