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President Donald Trump said he made that decision because of the furloughed White House staff and he thought the meal would be "all-American".

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence said several quotes that were attributed to him on social media were fake following his team's dinner at the White House.

The president credited the shutdown with the move because of the White House staff that were furloughed when it began on December 22.

Kevin Hassett, who heads the Council of Economic Advisers, told CNN Wednesday that the new estimate was just "a little bit lower" and the "damage is a little bit worse" than their original estimates, noting that the council did not previously take into account government contractors who are going unpaid during the shutdown.

It's part of the federal agencies' funding held hostage to the fight over Trump's border wall. And out of the executive office's 1,759 staffers only 691 are reporting to work, according to a memo sent to the Office of Management and Budget about shutdown operations.

Almost 800,000 federal employees are now furloughed or working without pay. Most of the recalled workers will return to work at the IRS to process tax filings and tax refunds despite Congress not approving funding.

A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers from the House Problem Solvers Caucus sat down with President Trump at the White House Wednesday as the president continues to demand funding to build a southern border wall as a condition for ending the partial government shutdown, now in its 26th day.

The Trump administration has shrugged off the pain felt by hundreds of thousands of Americans.

The quote he denied saying was that "President Trump got all our favorite foods". The op-ed argued that 80 percent of the more than 2 million members of the federal workforce should be let go because, the author claimed, they provide "nothing of external value". "Whoever can make it, we'll hook you up with lobster".

"I was sitting there imagining what would the national champions in a sport in Japan or Italy or France get when they went to their respective leaders' homes, and I imagine that the Japanese spread would be pretty outlandishly incredible", Kokonas said.

"I would ask the President if that does come forward and there's a critical mass of Republicans and Democrats asking for a period of time to work on this a short term CR, the president strongly consider giving us that opportunity", he said.


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