Trump digs in on wall, as shutdown enters week 3

Hugh Fox
January 7, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with congressional leadership staff on Sunday afternoon, where, according to two congressional sources, aides would be given the White House's budget justification for about $5.7 billion for the border wall.

President Trump doubled down on his remarks about potentially declaring a national emergency over border security.

"The only reason they do not want to build a Wall is that Walls Work!"

A migrant from Honduras pass a child to her father after he jumped the border fence to get into the USA side to San Diego, Calif., from Tijuana, Mexico.

US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the Rose Garden after the president met with US Congressional leaders about the government shutdown and border security at the White House in Washington, US Friday.

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"These four bills, which are expected to be considered in the House this week, will immediately reopen key parts of the federal government and stop the harm the Trump Shutdown is inflicting on American families, businesses, and communities".

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

It pits Trump's unpredictable negotiating stylings against a largely united Democratic front, as many Republicans watch nervously from the sidelines and hundreds of thousands of federal workers go without pay.

He said he planned to call the heads of American steel companies in hopes of coming up with a new design for the barrier he contends must be built along the southern border.

Senior White House adviser, and Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen were involved in the meeting Saturday, with Nielsen briefing those in attendance on border security.

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As Democrats prepare a flurry of investigations into the conduct of Mr. Trump and the ties between Russian Federation and his presidency and campaign - and as much of the Democratic base and some of the members of the House Democratic caucus clamour to begin impeachment procedures - the fraught relationship between the White House on the one hand and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer on the other is infected by a fresh brawl over immigration.

"They only want to impeach me because they know they can't win in 2020", the president said, adding,"As I have stated many times, if the Democrats take over the House or Senate, there will be disruption to the financial markets". Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union", Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called the idea a "nonstarter".

On Friday, the President said that he was willing to allow the shutdown to last "months or even years" if funding is not allotted for a border wall. We won the Senate, they won the House.

The president has already suggested his definition of the wall is flexible, referring to slats and other "border things". A day earlier, he had tweeted he didn't care that "most of the workers not getting paid are Democrats". It does not affect a 2.6% pay increase for U.S. troops that was passed as part of the massive defense spending bill Trump signed in August.

Democratic Senator Doug Jones, appearing on the same programme, said the White House has not presented a plan to use the money.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says House Democrats intend to start passing individual bills to reopen agencies. Mexico has refused. He's now demanding the money from Congress.

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