Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump holds firm on wall, but offers 'bizarre' compromise

Trump holds firm on wall, but offers 'bizarre' compromise

But he says Trump isn't budging on his demand for billions for his border wall. Among Senate GOP moderates, Susan Collins of ME expressed support for the Democratic move on Sunday.

One prominent House Democrat, Adam Schiff, immediately rejected the talk of a national emergency.

She added that it is "incomprehensible" that Democrats who agree with Trump on the need for border security would not agree to his demand for wall funding.

Trump administration officials have pointed to a surge in migrant families crossing the border to make their case that the situation at the southern border is reaching critical proportions.

President Donald Trump says he doesn't expect anything to come out of a second day of negotiations between top administration officials and senior congressional staff trying to end the partial government shutdown now in its third week.

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney also noted the perceived political benefit of calling for a steel barrier to NBC News saying Sunday, "If he has to give up a concrete wall, replace it with a steel fence in order to do that so that Democrats can say, 'See?"

It's unclear exactly what he will be doing with this visit, although Sanders said more details will be forthcoming. Vought writes that a "physical barrier - wall - creates an enduring capability that helps field personnel stop, slow down and/or contain illegal entries".

The move would allow the president to obtain military funding and resources to build the wall.

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Also, on "This Week", Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said of the possible national emergency declaration that "nobody wants to invoke it", but the border wall issue is "completely captive" to congressional Democrats.

Trump has often boasted of his tough negotiating skills as a real estate businessman, and he appears to relish the standoff, insisting he will deprive the government of full funding for as long as it takes to force the Democrats' hand - "even years".

"I can relate, and I'm sure the people who are on the receiving end will make adjustments; they always do", Trump told reporters outside the White House.

US President Donald Trump arguing about border security with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in the Oval Office in December.

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.

With the Senate refusing to act on funding measures approved last week by the Democratic House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced this weekend that Democrats would keep passing bills to fund those agencies which are under a shutdown, looking to increase pressure on GOP lawmakers in both the House and Senate.

"We have a five-month-old son so we have about a month left before we're going to have to start having those hard conversations about what to do next", he said. A day earlier, he had tweeted he didn't care that "most of the workers not getting paid are Democrats".

"Senate Democrats should block consideration of any bills unrelated to opening the government until Sen". Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the majority leader, has held fast to his pledge that he would not put any legislation on the floor that the president would not approve.

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