Trump heading to southern border as shutdown drags on

Marsha Scott
January 8, 2019

Trump is demanding that any funding to keep the federal government operational also include money to help build a $23 billion wall along the USA border with Mexico.

Trump tweets that he will address the nation at 9 p.m.

Trump and congressional Democrats remain at an impasse on crafting a deal to reopen the government, which is in its 17th day of a partial shutdown. But that stance carries considerable risk. Collins and others are also up for re-election in 2020 from states including Colorado and North Carolina where views on Trump are mixed.

Outside the White House on Sunday, Trump said he "can relate" to the federal employees who aren't being paid during the shutdown. Trump argues that a physical barrier along the US-Mexico border is essential to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the US.

The White House lays out President Trump's priorities in a letter to the House Appropriations Committee as the shutdown continues in Washington; Kevin Corke reports. And his unreliable maneuvers have only aggravated the situation.

There was no end in sight Monday for the shutdown that has halted about a quarter of US government operations since December 22nd. He said Trump was willing to forgo a concrete wall for steel or other materials.

He paints the Mexico border as an open gate for criminals, including rapists, terrorists, people with risky diseases and phony asylum seekers.

Trump's fitful style is hardly a surprise.

Following a Friday meeting between Democratic leaders, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, it was revealed the president is prepared for a lengthy shutdown. Two Democratic officials familiar with the session say Democrats pleaded with Pence and other officials to re-open government while talks continue. Meanwhile, ethics groups raised their eyebrows at one National Park Service post which remained fully staffed in Washington - which is located in the Trump International Hotel just blocks from the White House.

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That measure was also under House consideration but Trump on December 20 reversed course and rejected it under pressure from ultraconservative lawmakers and media personalities.

Trump himself quoted Smith's admission in a tweet, then added "No doubt, but let's get our deal done in Congress!".

Further stoking the immigration debate is the looming race between potential Democratic candidates to win the nomination to take on Trump in 2020 presidential elections. One of the officials - neither was authorised to speak publicly - said no additional meetings were scheduled.

Most recently, Sanders claimed on Sunday in an interview on the usually Trump-friendly Fox News channel that "nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally".

If there has been a constant, in fact, it is the mixed messaging.

President Trump said he doesn't expect anything to come out of Sunday's meeting after Saturday's produced no movement toward reopening the government.

"That should help us move in the right direction", he said.

'This wall will pay for itself many times during the course of the year, ' he vowed.

However, the interviewer immediately called her out, citing the government's own information that none of those individuals arrived across the southern border. And he claimed, without evidence, that some ex-presidents had told him to push for the wall. And it repeats some existing funding requests for detention beds and security officers, which have already been panned by Congress and would likely find resistance among House Democrats.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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