Trump pushes wall plan in US-Mexico border visit

Having Failed To Convince Americans There’s a National Emergency, Trump Now Poised to Declare One

The time has come for US President Donald Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a wall on the US border with Mexico, Senator Lindsey Graham said in a statement.

Even so, Trump struck a defiant tone during his visit to the border town of McAllen, Texas, on Thursday. There, the president will participate in a roundtable on immigration and border security and receive a security briefing on the border. "They have women tied up, they have tape over their mouths, electrical tape".

"The president stomped out of the meeting", Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol Wednesday afternoon. In early December during a televised Oval Office meeting about the shutdown, Trump said, "I'll tell you what, I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck". Democrats say they favor measures to bolster border security but oppose the long, impregnable barrier that Trump envisions. However, widely respected studies show that illegal immigrants commit fewer crimes than people born in the United States.

As key government operations remained shuttered for a 21st day and roughly 800,000 federal workers remained without pay, both the president and the Democrats have retreated into their own corners. He was to leave January 21 to attend the World Economic Forum.

Trump had been expected to make a brief appearance at the influential get-together, attended by many world leaders, but said that opposition Democratic "intransigence" required him to stay home. On Wednesday, eight House Republicans publicly bucked the president and joined with Democrats in voting for bills that would reopen the government without financing the wall.

The USMCA "is not going to lead to the kinds of economic changes that the American people will even be able to notice, much less raise enough money to be able to pay for the wall", Todd Tucker, of liberal think tank Roosevelt Institute, told Vox. The White House has directed the Corps to review its budget, including $13.9 billion in emergency funds earmarked previous year by Congress, to see what money could be diverted to building a wall.

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Trump has demanded $5.7 billion in funding, but Democratic leaders say they won't pass a bill that pays for his wall. The highlights of the actual legislative package up for debate Tuesday, which is being led by Florida GOP Sen.

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"I knew the fake news likes to say it - when during the campaign I would say, 'Mexico is going to pay for it, ' obviously I never said this, and I never meant they're gonna write out a check".

However, it would still give Trump political cover with his base by showing he'd done what he could.

Trump, who revels in telling stories about his negotiating skills as a NY real estate magnate, has not managed to get the Democrats to budge on his demand for the $5.7 billion.

"A total waste of time", Trump tweeted.

Further, a national emergency declaration would probably bring legal hurdles, as it could allow Trump the ability to use the military to build a wall instead of getting Congressional approval for its funding.

Asked about Schumer's charge he pounded the situation room table, Trump replied: "I didn't pound the table".

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