Trump to Visit US-Mexico Border as Shutdown Continues

07 January, 2019, 21:14 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Parts of the border already have a wall such as here dividing Tijuana and San Diego County

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday floated an idea of declaring a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall without congressional approval, as talks on it and ending a partial government shutdown continued.

The federal agency tasked with guaranteeing United States airport security acknowledged an increase in the number of its employees calling off work during the partial government shutdown.

"I don't expect anything to happen at that meeting, nor does the vice president but I think we're going to have some very serious talks come Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday", Trump told reporters. We have criminals coming in. It is national security.

"I can relate and I'm sure that the people that are on the receiving end will make adjustments - they always do - and people understand".

Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama said on Fox News that Trump has some "inherent powers" to bypass Congress, but that border funding must be done the right way, via legislation. "Good solution, and made in the USA", Trump said Sunday afternoon. This is close to the same result as a Harvard CAPS/Harris online survey that found that out of 1,407 registered voters, 56% opposed a border wall.

A Democratic aide said Sunday's meeting started about 45 minutes late, and despite the delay they still did not receive a full budget justification.

"We won't be opening until it's solved", Trump said.

Trump's fellow Republicans control the US Senate but are short of the 60 votes needed to pass budget laws, so some Democratic support will be needed for any move to end the impasse.

Mulvaney said he had concluded that Democrats "think they are winning this battle politically and they're vehement because they think the president is paying a price politically". "You have to establish that in order to do this". The leader of the Republican-controlled Senate, Mitch McConnell, immediately called the move "a time-wasting act of political posturing".


So far, Trump is standing firmly with the loyal supporters who want him to fight for his promised wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. -Mexico border as he doubles down on his demand for a wall amid the ongoing government shutdown.

Mick Mulvaney, Mr Trump's acting chief of staff, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that agreeing to a steel barrier would allow Democrats to stick to their refusal to fund a wall. He added of the Democrats, "They don't like concrete, so we'll give them steel". It is both stronger & less obtrusive.

While the substitution of a steel fence for a concrete wall was presented as a fresh attempt to compromise, Trump has been tweeting about a steel barrier for weeks, and on December 21 showed a prototype of a tall structure topped by sharp spikes. The House is expected to consider each of the measures this week.

"It'll be discussed", he said on NBC.

"Y$3 ou'll see it because in January I'm going there", Trump said to reporters on Christmas Day. "It may be better", he said.

Vice President Mike Pence, advisor Jared Kushner, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen led a working group with Democratic negotiators over the weekend, though no major breakthroughs were announced.

Meanwhile, the shutdown is having wide-reaching effects.

While the U.S. military and other major agencies are still fully funded, the impasse has left 800,000 government workers from other departments furloughed or working without pay.

The letter also includes a new policy proposal put forward by Democrats.

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