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No immigration talks until government reopens: Pence tells US troops

During remarks to troops at a military facility in the Middle East, US Vice President said Democrats were playing politics with military personnel pay.

world Updated: Jan 21, 2018 22:15 IST
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Vice President Mike Pence greets US troops near the Syrian border.(AP Photo)

US Vice President Mike Pence said on Sunday that the Trump administration would not reopen talks with Democratic lawmakers on “illegal immigration” until the US government shutdown had concluded.

During remarks to troops at a military facility in the Middle East, Pence said Democrats were playing politics with military personnel pay.

“We’re going to demand that they reopen the government,” Pence said. “In fact, we’re not going to reopen negotiations on illegal immigration until they reopen the government and give you, our soldiers and your families, the benefits and wages you’ve earned.”

First Published: Jan 21, 2018 22:15 IST