The Washington Post suggested the White House was laying the groundwork for declaring an emergency that would let Trump build sections of a wall, possibly using funds from the Army Corps of Engineers. Declaring a national emergency, the president explained, frees up a "tremendous" amount of funds.
President Trump indicated Thursday he will likely declare a national emergency if Congress doesn't reach an agreement to fund his border wall - a move that is sure to set off challenges in the courts if he goes ahead with it.
Mr. Trump's insistence on billions of dollars in funding to keep a signature campaign promise - and Democrats' insistence to fund the government without wall funding - mean the partial government shutdown is poised to be the longest government shutdown in US history.
"If we had a barrier of any kind, a powerful barrier, whether its steel or concrete. we would stop it cold", Trump said. "He had a temper tantrum.' Because I knew he would say that, and after Nancy said no to proper Border Security, I politely said bye-bye and left, no slamming!"
Trump said his planned trip later this month to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland is "still on", but if the partial government shutdown is still going he "won't go".
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"I would like to do a much broader form of immigration", he said in Texas. The president is requesting Congress to approve $5.7 billion to help fulfill a campaign promise to build a wall along the US southern border. He will also receive a briefing on border security at the Rio Grande before returning to Washington later in the evening.
While it's not certain President Trump will declare an emergency, the White House likes being able to hold the card over Democrats who they say have refused to compromise or even negotiate.
Raul Ortiz, a local border patrol official, told Trump and reporters that 133 people from countries other than Mexico and those in central America - including India, Pakistan, China and Romania - had been apprehended in the stretch of territory around McAllen.
"The President made clear he wants a shutdown", said Schumer after the meeting. The President hasn't been blamed in any of the previous shutdowns.
"I had an opportunity to talk to President Trump a few moments ago, and wanted to indicate to our colleagues that he will sign the bill that we've been discussing here to guarantee that government workers who've been displaced as a result of the shutdown will ultimately be compensated", McConnell said.
The president again suggested criminals and terrorists are flowing freely across the border, ignoring that the rate of illegal immigration has fallen dramatically over the past decade, that the undocumented population in the United States hit a 12-year low last year and studies have shown that illegal immigration does not increase violent crime.