Trump shows no sign of relenting on border wall: ‘I’m doing what I pledged’ – live updates

With no end to the government shutdown in sight, a group of Democrat and Republican senators have started a group to search for solutions, as party leaders continue the fight over funding. According to The Washington Post, it’s unclear how successful the group will be, but signals how ready representatives are to end the impasse, that has caused roughly 800,000 federal employees to go without pay.

Today marks the 24th day our government has been shut down. I’m urging all West Virginians to call the White House and their representatives to tell them to reopen the government immediately. pic.twitter.com/8CScNxPIwN

The New York Times has reported that White House spokesman Raj Shah, who has been with President Trump since the beginning, has left to lead a lobbying firm based in Florida:

Mr. Shah, a former researcher at the Republican National Committee, had been in the administration since Mr. Trump took office. His portfolio recently included helping prepare Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh for his Senate confirmation hearings to the Supreme Court.

His departure comes as the White House press and communications teams have been depleted. Several aides have moved on to roles at government agencies or have left the Trump administration entirely”.

TRUMP SWAMP WATCH: Former WH Deputy Press Sec @RajShah45 joins @BallardFirm, which is headed by top TRUMP fundraiser BRIAN BALLARD, who has been dubbed “The Most Powerful Lobbyist in Trump’s Washington.” https://t.co/FW8MbGGYsJ

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