Deadlock continues despite pleas from Trump, Democrats

(Above) A section of the US-Mexico border fence seen from Tijuana, Mexico. President Donald Trump called the border a pipeline for drugs and illegal immigrants.
A section of the US-Mexico border fence seen from Tijuana, Mexico. President Donald Trump called the border a pipeline for drugs and illegal immigrants.
(Left) Customers at a California bar watching Mr Trump's first Oval Office address to the nation on Tuesday.
Customers at a California bar watching Mr Trump's first Oval Office address to the nation on Tuesday.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Both sides stand their ground on border wall funding in back-to-back TV addresses

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 10, 2019, with the headline 'Deadlock continues despite pleas from Trump, Democrats'. Print Edition | Subscribe