Trump Reiterates He Never Expected a Check From Mexico
Jan 12, 2019, 01:28
Lawmakers tried to reassure federal employees that Congress was aware of the financial hardship they are enduring.
Regardless of where the money is found, an emergency declaration would draw immediate legal challenge from Democrats, who have accused Trump of trying to manufacture a crisis at the southern border to justify his wall.
Every previous shutdown has been ended with a deal to pay them anyway for work they did not do, and the Senate's bill Thursday does the same.
The Senate has approved a bill to ensure that all federal employees will be paid retroactively after the partial government shutdown ends. "If this doesn't work out, I probably will do it, I would nearly say definitely", Mr. Trump told reporters, adding later, "If we don't make a deal, I would say 100 percent but I don't want to say 100 percent".
The wall was the central promise of Trump's winning campaign in 2016.
Trump indicated Thursday during a trip to the border that he was planning to declare a national emergency in order to free up funds to build the wall, which is supported by only 41 percent of Americans, according to a recent Reuters-Ipsos poll.
On Friday, government workers missed their first payday of this shutdown.
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The plan is a possibility should the president declare a national emergency.
"When I said Mexico would pay for the wall in front of thousands and thousands of people. obviously I never meant Mexico would write a cheque", he said.
It was not clear what a potential compromise between the White House and Congress might entail. Like almost all drugs trafficked across the border, they were intercepted by agents at official ports of entry, he was told, and not in the remote areas where he wants to extend tall barriers.
The partial shutdown would set a record early Saturday, stretching beyond the 21-day closure that ended on Jan 6, 1996, during President Bill Clinton's administration.
"The president of the United States - having failed to get Mexico to pay for his ineffective, unnecessary border wall, and unable to convince the Congress or the American people to foot the bill - has shut down the government", Schumer said in a response delivered jointly with Pelosi on Tuesday.
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