The three-week impasse that has crippled the United States federal government showed no signs of breaking despite pleas on prime-time TV by President Donald Trump and Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on Tuesday evening.
In back-to-back televised addresses, both sides stood their ground on border wall funding - the proposed policy at the centre of a political disagreement that has kept large swathes of the US government shut down for 19 days and counting.
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