Republicans privately admit Democrats’ leverage only increases as shutdown goes on: report
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As President Donald Trump's shutdown continued in its sixth day, some Republican leaders are privately admitting the Democrats' power will only grow and the closure continues, Politico reported Thursday.

"House Democrats — increasingly convinced they’re winning the shutdown fight with President Donald Trump — are plotting ways to reopen the government while denying the president even a penny more for his border wall when they take power Jan. 3," Politico reported.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump constantly promised Mexico would pay for his wall. Mexico, however, has no interest in paying the wall. Trump has subsequently partially closed government until American taxpayers pick up the tab for his wall.

"While the strategy is fluid, House Democrats hope to pass a funding bill shortly after members are sworn in," Politico reported. "They believe that would put pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to follow suit."

"And they’re confident that their political leverage will only increase the longer the shutdown lasts — a notion that some GOP leaders agree with privately," Politico added.