Trump threatens to declare a national emergency to get his border wall

Posted January 08, 2019

The announcement of the trip comes as the government shutdown begins its third week, with Trump and congressional Democrats at an impasse over Trump's demand for almost $6 billion in federal funding to build a wall on the southern border. Every hour that goes by this week without a deal makes it more and more likely that some 800,000 federal workers - even those who have been required to work over the 17 days of the partial shutdown, would not be getting paid.

"While President Trump threatens to keep the government shut down for "years", Democrats are taking immediate further action to re-open government, so that we can meet the needs of the American people, protect our borders and respect our workers", Ms Pelosi said.

The White House did not provide details of Mr Trump's trip, but the planned visit will likely highlight security concerns pushed by the administration as justification for building a wall along the USA border with Mexico.

"Ultimately, it's going to be solved by the principals", Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for staff meetings at Camp David in Maryland as the shutdown headed into its third week. "It's criminals, it's drugs, it's human trafficking, where they grab women and sell them".

Last week, House Democrats proposed a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees construction of the wall, at current levels through February 8, with $1.3 billion for border security-a figure far less than Trump requested.

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Pence told reporters that Democratic senior staffers accepted the administration's premise that a humanitarian crisis is occurring on the southern border. He said much of the wall had been built, though it hasn't.

Trump, the author of "The Art of the Deal", promised during his campaign that he could bring unmatched dealmaking skills to the White House. 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.

In a bid to force Democrats' hand, Trump has said that he is considering declaring an emergency to begin wall construction without congressional approval. He also asserted: "I want to stop the Shutdown as soon as we are in agreement on Strong Border Security!"

"Unfortunately, the short answer is yes", Smith told ABC's "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, when asked if Trump could declare an emergency to build the wall.

'Chuck, let me say: We've done fencing in the past, as you know, ' Hoyer said.

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"Presidents have authority to defend the nation", Mulvaney said. "He's not building a wall anymore, ' that should help us move in the right direction", Mulvaney said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Democratic staffers asked administration officials to lay out in formal detail the funding request for the border - including its specific security requests, what the money would be used for, and what in the Homeland Security budget the administration would cut to make the numbers work, The Washington Post reported.

Vice President Mike Pence is leading a second round of talks with congressional aides on Sunday about the issue, but Trump said he did not expect those talks to produce results.

"Democratic staff repeatedly urged the Trump Administration and Republicans to reopen the government but were rejected", one source relayed to TIME.

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