With Trump digging in, US shutdown could set new record

US President Donald Trump walked out of a meeting with the Democratic Party leadership on Wednesday (Jan 9), calling it a "total waste of time".PHOTO: EPA-EFE

WASHINGTON - The United States' partial federal government shutdown is poised to become the longest in history, with neither side budging in a gruelling political stand-off over funding for a wall on the Mexico border.

President Donald Trump, who wants US$5.7 billion (S$7.7 billion) for the wall - which he now says will be made of steel slats - walked out of a meeting with the Democratic Party leadership on Wednesday (Jan 9), calling it a "total waste of time".

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