Trump ramps up Mexico wall row with speech, border visit

Cristina Cross
January 8, 2019

Meanwhile, Mick Mulvaney, his acting chief of staff, said the USA president was prepared to take the notion of a concrete wall permanently "off the table" replacing it with a "steel fence" as a concession to Democrats.

Large chunks of the federal government were shut down on December 22 after lawmakers and the president hit an impasse over Mr Trump's demand that a bill to keep the federal government operational include money to help build a US$23 billion wall along the United States border with Mexico.

"I may decide a national emergency depending on what happens over the next few days", Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for Camp David, a presidential retreat in the state of Maryland, for meetings with senior White House staff on border security and other issues.

"I don't know how you walk past this one if you are a news organization, when the president is speaking at a moment like this", Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, told CNN. "Democrats need to start negotiating", Pence urged.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer walk out of the West Wing

Large chunks of the federal government were shut down on December 22 after lawmakers and the president hit an impasse over Trump's demands to build a wall.

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump plans visit the USA southern border on Thursday, the White House said, in the midst of a federal government shutdown triggered by his demand for funding for a wall along the border with Mexico. "I think we're going to have some very serious talks come Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday", he said.

Vice President Mike Pence held a meeting with congressional leadership staff on Sunday afternoon, but after the meeting there was little indication they were getting close to a deal to reopen the government. Mr. Pence asked in a session with reporters at the White House.

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.

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However, the interviewer immediately called her out, citing the government's own information that none of those individuals arrived across the southern border.

But the letter also provided a fuller picture of Trump's border demands.

'We have an absolute crisis, ' he said of the border. Some border security officials said they agree with his demand for a wall. "Good solution, and made in the U.S.A". The number one network in cable, FNC has been the most watched television news channel for more than 16 years and according to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll, is the most trusted television news source in the country. "What we need is we need a strong border".

Shortly before that, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders stated that Trump would travel to the US-Mexico border on Thursday to meet with those on the frontlines of the nation's security.

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The White House is also including appropriations requests for humanitarian assistance dollars within a comprehensive border security package, which Pence said was a concern raised by Democrats in his meetings with them.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said any offer from the president would be discussed. Democrats criticized McConnell for waiting on Trump's support, but Collins said she was sympathetic to McConnell's opposition to moving legislation without agreement from the president.

President Donald Trump pushed Monday for a climax in his fight over a controversial US-Mexico border wall, announcing a primetime speech and a visit to the frontier.

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