Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

'Bye bye': Donald Trump walks out of border wall meeting

'Bye bye': Donald Trump walks out of border wall meeting

All the major TV networks, and some cable ones, have now made a decision to televise a Tuesday address by Donald Trump concerning border security and "the wall".

He left no room for a compromise on the demand for wall barrier beyond saying that he would agree to a steel fence instead of a wall.

Media captionFive questions about Trump's border wall What did President Trump say?

"Day after day, precious lives are cut short by those who have violated our borders", Mr Trump said.

He said his administration has given Congress a "tremendous" proposal to secure the border, developed by law enforcement professionals and border agents.

The current shutdown, which affects over 800,000 government employees and millions of people who count on key government departments, is now the second-longest in American history.

"But government statistics show much of the heroin actually comes not over the unguarded border but through ports of call."

Conservative radio and television pundits have encouraged Mr Trump to hold his ground.

In 2006, senators Chuck Schumer, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden voted in favour of 700 miles (1,120km) of fencing on the almost 2,000-mile border under the Secure Fence Act.

"They don't build walls because they hate the people on the outside", Trump said. "So how much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job", he said.

The White House was trying to shore up GOP support even before Trump spoke.

On Thursday he heads to the south-western border. We don't govern by temper tantrum.

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Mr Schumer said the president abruptly left when Mrs Pelosi said she would not approve of any wall funding. After taking control of the House of Representatives last week, they passed a two-bill spending package that included more than $1.3bn for border security measures that do not include a wall.

Trump "has put offers on the table".

The President has chosen fear. "Division, not unity", the NY senator said.

The symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a thirty-foot wall.

Just an hour before, Trump visited Capitol Hill, where he insisted that Republicans were united in their support for his position that Congressional appropriations should include border wall funding.

Trump did not mention that idea Tuesday night. Pence indicated to reporters that declaring an emergency was still an option that the president was considering.

Democrats and some Republicans warned that this would be seen as a risky escalation of the row and would be challenged in court. It's just not clear what good it will do him.

Also outside the White House, top Republicans accused Democrats of intransigence.

Her fellow Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Cory Gardner of Colorado, issued similar appeals last week.

But some Republicans, including Senator John Thun, have indicated in recent days that there is growing concern about the toll the shutdown is taking on everyday Americans, including disruptions in payments to farmers and trouble for home buyers who are seeking government-backed mortgage loans - "serious stuff". And in essence, the answer is, 'We want our wall. But he took little action to get it built during his first two years in office.

But the president would be accused of usurping Congress's constitutional power of the purse, and the move would be bogged down in a quagmire of legal challenges. We can re-open the government AND continue to work through disagreements about policy.

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