‘He needs an out’: Trump’s demand for a wall has left him backed into a corner

The president’s position is a non-starter with Democrats, making an end to the shutdown far from imminent

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Wednesday’s dramatic showdown between Donald Trump and Democratic leaders and the president’s defiant PR trip to the border the following day seemed to confirm observers’ fears: a breakthrough in negotiations to end one of the longest shutdowns in US history is far from imminent.

As key government operations remained shuttered for a 21st day and roughly 800,000 federal workers remained without pay, both the president and the Democrats have retreated into their own corners.

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‘He needs an out’: Trump’s demand for a wall has left him backed into a corner