House Speaker Paul Ryan told GOP colleagues privately that there will be no negotiating on immigration policy during the shutdown. President Trump used Twitter to blame Democrats, claiming they want “unchecked illegal immigration.”
A shutdown causing furloughs has never occurred under unified party control of Congress and the White House.
For the first time since 2013, a shutdown is underway. This affects federal workers and the millions of Americans who rely on them. Here are answers to questions about furlough, which areas will be hit hardest, whether national parks will remain open and more.
Five ways in which Trump’s ‘America First’ policy has changed the world
The United States has taken a far more skeptical approach to international agreements such as NAFTA, the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord.
China, Russia and other U.S. adversaries have tried to fill what they consider a void left by the Trump administration’s more narrow definition of America’s role overseas.
U.S. allies in places such as Europe, the Middle East and Mexico say they are confused about seeming contradictions in Trump’s foreign policy and tweets.
The administration has stepped up the U.S. campaign against Islamist insurgents in places such as Afghanistan and Somalia. But critics say there is no parallel increase in political efforts to resolve the conflicts — and many diplomatic posts are vacant.
Israel is among the countries pleased by Trump’s more fervent support. But Palestinians are outraged, and prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal have evaporated.
The long-awaited assault on an enclave for Kurdish militias backed by the United States has raised fears of sparking a new round of hostilities between the various powers with interests in northern Syria, including Russia and the United States.
With Russia facing a ban on participation in the Winter Olympics, the filmmakers of "Icarus" fear the government will try to capture Grigory Rodchenkov before he can testify at a proceeding that could decide whether athletes will be permanently disqualified.