Trump digs in on wall, as shutdown enters week 3

Posted January 08, 2019

Trump is still digging in his heels, demanding billions for a border barrier that Democrats won't provide. Among Senate GOP moderates, Susan Collins of ME expressed support for the Democratic move on Sunday.

6 he is considering whether to declare a national emergency in order to obtain funding for the U.S. -Mexico border wall.

One of the officials says no new meetings have been scheduled. But Democrats have made clear they see a wall as immoral and ineffective and prefer other types of border security funded at already agreed upon levels.

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.

Trump, whose shifting messages during the shutdown have vexed Democrats as well as members of his own party, told reporters that he didn't "expect anything to happen" at Pence's meeting but that "we're going to have some very serious talks come Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday".

He said he was making the offer to Democrats because 'they don't like concrete so we'll give them steel'.

Mr. Pence and other top administration officials held talks with Democratic congressional staffers over the weekend, but lawmakers won't take part in the discussions until President Trump agrees to reopen the government. "So, that's a nonstarter", said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California), one of Trump's most vocal critics. Vought writes that a "physical barrier - wall - creates an enduring capability that helps field personnel stop, slow down and/or contain illegal entries". He's not building a wall anymore, ' that should help us move in the right direction, ' Mulvaney said on NBC's 'Meet the Press'.

Americans largely blame President Trump for the shutdown, thanks in part to awful media coverage, and thanks in part to President Trump's originally nationally televised statements that he would happily "own" the shutdown.

"Our goal in the meeting at the White House was to open up government", Pelosi said.

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

There are no talks on any public schedule at the White House Monday, and Congress isn't back in session until Tuesday.

This echoes a previous report that said Trump told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that he wouldn't accept a deal to reopen the government because he didn't want to look "foolish". Democrats returned to Washington in the new year, taking control of the US House of Representatives, and passed legislation to reopen all closed government agencies but did not include wall funding.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has flatly rejected providing any funding for a border wall to resolve the stalemate. He added of the Democrats, "They don't like concrete, so we'll give them steel". He said Trump had painted himself into a corner and needs to "figure out how he unpaints himself from that corner".

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose chamber passed almost identical bills a year ago, refuses to allow the Senate to vote on the measures because Trump has threatened he would veto them.

Trump's recent remarks about a possible emergency declaration appear to reiterate remarks he made days ago at a January 4 open press conference in the Rose Garden.

The US president warned once more that he may invoke emergency powers to get a wall built without congressional approval.