Trump says little progress as govt shutdown in third week

Trump says little progress as govt shutdown in third week

Trump simply tweeted that his address from the Oval Office on Tuesday will cover "the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border".

Trump said earlier in the day that he was hoping for "some very serious talks come Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday".

Lawmakers and Trump hit an impasse last month over Trump's demand that a bill to keep the federal government operational include money to help build a wall along the USA border with Mexico.

US President Donald Trump stood firm on Sunday on his demand for billions of dollars to fund a border wall with Mexico, claiming "tremendous" support inside his camp on the contentious issue which has forced a government shutdown now entering its third week.

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.

In Friday's news conference, Mr Trump told reporters he might consider asking his cabinet to decline a $10,000 pay rise that is due to take effect because a pay freeze has expired as an inadvertent result of the shutdown. He also threatened to declare a national emergency in order to appropriate funding for the wall, a move that would bypass Congress.

President Donald Trump is threatening to build his border wall by declaring a state of national emergency.

Incoming House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., said on ABC's "This Week" that the executive power has been used to build military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan but would likely be "wide open" to a court challenge for a border wall. But Conant allowed that the landscape got a whole lot tougher for Trump when Democrats took back the House, and the shutdown is far from the last test the president will face.

"We have a crisis at the border of drugs, of human beings being trafficked all over the world", Trump said.

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The Democrat-controlled House passed spending bills that would fund the government agencies that have shut down until September 30, and Homeland Security until February 8, giving the parties time to negotiate border security. Democrats have opposed funding a wall they have called "immoral" and impractical ― but the wall's material has not been their sticking point.

But not all Republicans agree with Mr Trump's insistence on keeping government agencies shuttered until the border debate is resolved.

Of course, the use of tear gas and other demonstrations of force by the Border Patrol is only necessitated by the fact that in most sections of the border, the only thing separating the USA from Mexico is a single chain link fence, at best. It pits Trump's unpredictable negotiating stylings against a largely united Democratic front, as many Republicans watch nervously from the sidelines and hundreds of thousands of federal workers go without pay.

The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 5 p.m. "That's why rich, powerful, and successful people build them around their homes".

"Walls work", the president wrote in a letter to lawmakers last week. We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete.

Still, it would be hard for broadcasters to deny the airtime, particularly given the pushback from the right and the inevitable comparisons to the times that such pre-emptions were granted to Trump's predecessors.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called on McConnell to bring the new set of bills reopening individual agencies to a Senate vote once they pass the House. New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called building the wall "an immorality".

Trump contends the wall is needed to stop migrants from illegally crossing into the US from Mexico, as well as preventing drug trafficking and terrorism. "There's not going to be any bend right here", Mr Trump said.

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