Trump to travel to Southern border Thursday, Sarah Sanders says

08 January, 2019, 02:18 | Author: Valerie Santiago
  • Parts of the border already have a wall such as here dividing Tijuana and San Diego County

The partial government shutdown entered its 17th day Monday, with the focus on whether President Donald Trump will follow through on his threat to declare a national emergency, which he says would allow the military to build a border wall with Defense Department funding.

He also said he understood the predicament facing hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are not receiving their paychecks. The proposed wall is reportedly going to be made from steel, which Trump told reporters would be "less obtrusive" and "stronger".

So far, the White House has given no heads up regarding the details of Trump's message.

'We have an absolute crisis, ' he said of the border.

"The barrier, or the wall, can be of steel instead of concrete, if that helps people".

Democrats, led by new Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, consider the wall to be immoral and have declined to approve the $5.6 billion Trump wants to make good on the signature promise of his 2016 presidential campaign.

"It'll all work out", the President told reporters at the White House Sunday after a quick staff retreat at Camp David.

Trump has not backed down from his demand for more than $5 billion in funding for the border wall.

"The Army Corps of Engineers is dialed in on doing this cost effectively and with the right amount of urgency as to where we can build additional stand-up walls quickly and then get after the threat", Shanahan said. We need to look at more border patrol agents, technology and other means as well'.

"Let's get those reopened while the negotiations continue, " Collins said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

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The meeting comes one day after Vice President Mike Pence, top White House officials and senior congressional aides emerged empty-handed after more than two hours of negotiations on ending the stalemate.

Trump has insisted since the 2016 campaign that a physical barrier along the US border with Mexico is the solution to what he sees as a crisis.

He later tweeted the Mr Pence talks were productive.

Trump skipped a planned trip to Florida to stay in the USA capital during the Christmas and New Year's holiday after large chunks of the federal government were shuttered on December 22.

President Trump said he doesn't expect anything to come out of Sunday's meeting after Saturday's produced no movement toward reopening the government.

Democrats could demand other concessions from the White House, such as protections for immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children, known as Dreamers, or changes to other spending provisions.

"Tax refunds will go out", Mr. Vought said. The legality of such a move is unclear, however, and the president would nearly certainly face immediate legal challenges in the courts.

A quarter of the U.S. government has been shut down since December 22, affecting some 800,000 federal employees, because congressional Democrats have refused to approve any funding for the border wall.

Funding the wall through a national emergency, however, would remove the main point of contention with Congress, clearing the way to end the government shutdown and resume paying the federal workers affected.

All four living former presidents deny telling Donald Trump that they support his long-promised border wall, contradicting the president's false claim that his predecessors "told me that we should have" built the wall.

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