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Read the leaked draft of a Senate bipartisan shutdown letter to Trump

Here is Donald Trump pointing at something or someone
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A bipartisan group of senators plan to send a letter to President Trump today requesting that he support a short-term spending bill that will reopen the government for three weeks while the White House and Congress negotiate on funding for border security.

A source involved in the effort leaked Axios draft text of the letter, which was first published by Politico.

Trump digs in on $5.7 billion for border wall

President Donald Trump answers questions from the press as he departs the White House.
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During a White House lunch focused on ending the government shutdown with House Republicans Tuesday, President Trump remained committed to his demand for $5.7 billion for a wall on the southern border, while continuing to distance himself from declaring a national emergency in order to get it.

“The topic was brought up only once — not by the president — and we spent hardly any time on it,” Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), who attended the lunch, told Axios.

Every U.S. ambassador flying to D.C. conference despite shutdown

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo smiles at the State Department
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

The State Department is flying every U.S. ambassador from around the world to Washington next week, regardless of whether the government remains shut down, according to two internal emails leaked to Axios.

Why it matters: The State Department has been under financial strain during the shutdown, with employees on unpaid furlough and some resources halted.

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