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Duffy, Stauber Appear at Trump Shutdown Briefing

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) sits next to President Donald Trump as he speaks to the media on Thursday. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) sits next to President Donald Trump as he speaks to the media on Thursday. |  Photo: ABC

Updated: January 24, 2019 05:45 PM

Two Northland congressmen appeared with President Donald Trump a presidential press availability about the government shutdown Thursday.

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As the president spoke with the media at the White House, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) sat immediately to Trump's right and Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minnesota) sat across the table. The two later joined several other Republican congressmen to speak to reporters outside of the White House, with Duffy saying that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has refused to negotiate.

"If (Pelosi) is willing to listen to some of her members who won more conservative districts, I think we could resolve this real quick, but she hasn't been willing to do that yet," Duffy said.  "You don't negotiate and come to solutions when you say 'I'll give you $1 on a wall, and a wall that you ran on.'"

At the briefing, Trump said he's "just honored" that almost all Senate Republicans voted for his proposal to trade funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall for temporary protections for some immigrants, even though lawmakers rejected the bill.

It was one of two measures designed to end the partial government shutdown that failed in the Senate on Thursday. Democrats sponsored the second bill.

Fifty of 53 Senate Republicans voted for the Trump proposal.

Trump also praised Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who was the only Democratic senator who voted for Trump's plan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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