Washington has gotten back to work after the government shutdown over the budget and health care. The showdown between Democrats and Republicans cost the US billions and severely dented its reputation abroad.
Donald Trump held a brief meeting with Democrats at the White House but walked out when he was denied funds to build a border wall. Democrats have undertaken a renewed attempt to reopen some parts of the government.
US President Donald Trump canceled his holiday plans to stay in Washington as Democrats continue to reject his border wall funding demand. The US Senate will not meet until after Christmas.
As the US government shutdown reached its 20th day, Trump went to Texas to make his case for building a border wall. He wants $5.7 billion from US funds, and has said he might use emergency powers to finance the project.
The Trump administration has downgraded the diplomatic status of the European Union's delegation to the United States, an EU official has confirmed to DW. The demotion happened at the end of last year without notice.
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