White House Paints Crisis at Border, Considers Declaring National Emergency

U.S. President Donald Trump returns to the White House from Camp David

U.S. President Donald Trump returns to the White House from Camp David

Trump's first Oval Office speech will be followed by a Thursday visit to the southern border to highlight his demand for a barrier.

"Yes, they absolutely work", Morgan said, noting that before Trump became president, increased border security measures enjoyed bipartisan support.

The presidential speech and visit come amid the continuing partial government shutdown and Trump's insistence that any funding bill to reopen federal agencies include $5.7 billion for his border wall. That news prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to demand equal air time to respond - something that is only done during State of the Union addresses from presidents.

The four living ex-presidents do not back Trump up on this claim.

About 800,000 federal employees are furloughed or working without pay, leading to financial struggles for them and "potentially siphoning dollars from state economies".

"We have a meeting with Vice President Pence and a group will be going to a certain location that you know where that and they'll be having another meeting". He said experts have said neither a wall nor fencing is what's really needed at the border but rather technology, drones and more personnel.

AP Explains: Can Trump use an emergency to build his wall? Democrats do not want to provide any funding toward a wall, and the most they've offered is re-upping the $1.3 billion provided in fencing in fiscal 2018 for the current fiscal year.

With the talks stalled, Pelosi, a California Democrat, said House Democrats meant to start passing individual bills to reopen agencies.

While its repercussions ripple across the country, Mr Trump has also threatened to bypass Congress and invoke emergency powers to build the wall along half the 2,000-mile (3,100km) border. Trump had previously promised a concrete wall, but now says it could be made of steel slats.

Asked at what point workers' pain outweighs the president's desire for a border barrier, Pence said the administration understands the burden faced by government workers but hopes "we don't find out".

Pence, who led staff-level negations over the weekend, also said the idea of an emergency declaration remains a possibility.

"Democrats and an increasing number of Republicans in Congress have repeatedly urged the President and Leader McConnell to end the Trump Shutdown and re-open the government while Congress debates the President's expensive and ineffective wall", they wrote.

Trump asserted that he could relate to the plight of the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who aren't getting paid, though he acknowledged they will have to "make adjustments" to deal with the shutdown shortfall. "It's not likely that Democrats will give him a huge, huge win-both symbolically and practically on this wall". "And if we don't give him the time, he'll call every network partisan", one executive told CNN.

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