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Partial government shutdown enters day 22, longest federal closure in U.S. history

It is officially the longest federal shut down in U.S. history, as the White House and congress continue to be at an impasse over border security. Congress has adjourned until Monday, and there are no signs of a compromise spending deal coming anytime soon. President Trump said he’s holding off for now on declaring a national emergency over the border, and is calling on Democrats to make a deal to end the shutdown.

WH staff gathers at Camp David for retreat

Senior White House staff officials will be gathering at the Camp David presidential compound for a “staff retreat” to discuss the administration’s priorities for 2019. According to Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney planned the meeting, which President Trump will join on Sunday.

Pelosi, President Trump to meet at WH to discuss border security

Newly elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Trump are expected to meet on border security, to help end the partial government shutdown. The two will meet Friday at the White House joined by other congressional leaders, after House Democrats passed a provisional spending package which did not include funding for the border wall.

Sanders: Pres. Trump not backing down from commitment to border security

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says President Trump isn’t backing down from his calls for border security. Speaking to reporters Friday morning, she said the president has always been willing to negotiate, but won’t put national security at risk. Sanders called the situation at the border a “humanitarian crisis”, and suggested the president has the support of the American people, because they want to feel safe.