President Donald Trump confirmed that he told congressional leaders he'd keep the government closed for a year or longer if Democrats refuse to provide more money to construct a wall on the border with Mexico.
Trump described the meeting as "very productive" and said that he had designated a group to advance talks over the weekend.
Following a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, President Trump told reporters on Friday that a "steel wall" could be an option, "because we have steel companies again.there's something awfully nice about that".
Cory Gardner, the Republican senator for Colorado, said: "I think we should pass a continuing resolution to get the government back open".
According to Trump, the immigration problem is so dire that he would be able to grant himself emergency powers and, consequently, build the wall "very quickly", thus superseding Congress' decision to block the $5 billion budget request.
It turned out the men were security experts from the National Border Patrol Council and were there to tout the US-Mexico border wall Trump is now having so much difficulty getting funding for.
DHS is among the government agencies left unfunded because of the shutdown, but Congress has funded the Defense Department through September 30, 2019.
Trump was previously opposed to the compromise, and Pelosi has also said she was against the idea, believing the wall is immoral.
Earlier this week, he rejected his own administration's offer to accept NZ$3.7 billion for the wall.
Trump tweeted an ominous video Thursday with images of what appeared to be migrants trying to rush the border and clashing with law enforcement, beneath the words "crisis at the border", "drugs" and "crime".
Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., meanwhile, announced that he was introducing articles of impeachment against Trump, whom he accused of obstructing justice by firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in 2017, among other alleged misdeeds.
Pelosi said Friday's meeting with Trump was "sometimes contentious" but that they agreed to continue talking.
At the close of 2018, the USA national debt was more than $2 trillion higher than when President Donald Trump took office, data released Thursday by the Treasury Department indicates.
Newly elected Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she wouldn't have used "that language".
A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll last week showed that 50 per cent of the public blame Trump for the shutdown and 7 per cent blame Republican lawmakers, against 32 per cent who blame Democrats.
Asked if she would give Trump $1 for a wall to reopen the government, Pelosi said: "One dollar?" He has since said they are responsible.
This is the fourth-longest government shutdown, partial or full, in the last 40 years. "I think she dishonored herself and her family".
The second part would fund the other federal agencies that are now unfunded including the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, Commerce and Justice, through September 30, the end of the current fiscal year. That meeting is set for tomorrow, the White House said.