Trump to travel to Southern border Thursday, Sarah Sanders says

Jan 08, 2019, 01:29
Trump to travel to Southern border Thursday, Sarah Sanders says

Trump said on Sunday that he should not have to lower his demand for $5.6 billion, though he said he understood the impact the impasse was having on affected federal workers struggling to pay their bills.

This was not the first time the president has suggested using the military to build the wall, nor was it the first time he has suggested the situation amounts to a national emergency. Democrats in Congress say a wall would be expensive, inefficient and immoral.

Mr Trump exhorted Democrats in Congress to "come back from vacation" and approve funding for his wall.

Mr Trump threatened again, without providing specifics on where the funding would originate, to declare a national emergency as an alternative way to build the wall, depending on the outcome of talks in the coming days.

Now, Trump should avoid offering Democrats the out of declaring a national emergency and attempting to build the wall with defense funding.

President Donald Trump says he doesn't expect anything to come out of a second day of negotiations between top administration officials and senior congressional staff trying to end the partial government shutdown now in its third week.

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Mulvaney said he had concluded that Democrats "think they are winning this battle politically and they're vehement because they think the president is paying a price politically".

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said in a separate interview on the same program that talks on Saturday to reopen the government "did not make much progress".

It's unclear exactly what he will be doing with this visit, although Sanders said more details will be forthcoming.

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

"We're looking at a national emergency because we have a national emergency", Trump told reporters on Sunday, per a pool report.

The dispute between the White House and the Democrats centers on Trump's demand for 5.7 billion dollars of border wall funding.

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However, in a statement posted on Twitter earlier on Monday, the president said he would prefer reaching a funding deal with Congress. "The president has asked every single Cabinet secretary and the Office of Management and Budget to go out and find money that can be used legally to guard the southern border, which is exactly what we're going to do". He added of the Democrats, "They don't like concrete, so we'll give them steel".

"I can relate, and I'm sure the people who are on the receiving end will make adjustments; they always do", Trump told reporters outside the White House.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would begin considering individual appropriations bills this week that would reopen the government, starting with legislation that would return workers to the Treasury Department, including the IRS, followed by measures to open the departments of Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, and the Interior. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should take up bills from the Democratic-led House.

Otherwise, Trump said, the shutdown is "going to go on for a long time".

Asked if workers would get paid on Friday, Mr Trump said: "We'll see whether or not it's settled". That effort is created to squeeze Senate Republicans, some of whom are growing increasingly anxious about the extended shutdown.

The president's inability to get a border wall could become a major plank in his eye when he runs for reelection in 2020, since the border wall was a key component of his campaign platform.

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