Trump still weighing emergency declaration for border wall: spokeswoman

Trump still weighing emergency declaration for border wall: spokeswoman

Trump left the meeting with an upbeat message, saying Senate Republicans are "unified" while Democrats are anything but.

"Again, we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn't get his way".

There were other signs that administration was working to control the damage from the shutdown, which has furloughed 380,000 federal workers and forced another 420,000 to work without pay.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed Customs and Border Patrol previous year apprehended almost 4,000 known or suspected terrorists at the U.S. -Mexico border. House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Trump would not be getting the wall and Democrats offered a solution of their own.

McConnell described the president's wall proposal as "imminently reasonable", and noted that Democrats have supported similar border barriers in the past. Three weeks into the shutdown, the strain was starting to show with hundreds of thousands of federal workers on track to miss paychecks this week.

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Nine federal agencies have been shut down since December 22, and Trump and congressional Democrats continue to spar over funds to build a wall along the Southern border, with Trump threatening to declare a national emergency to fund the wall if Democrats do not budge.

President Donald Trump urged congressional Democrats to fund his long-promised border wall in a somber televised address last night in which he outlined the problems the nation now faces because of the lack of a proper barrier along our southern border.

"The shutdown is harming the American people, the business community, and the economy", Chamber executive vice president Neil Bradley told Congress in a letter, according to CNN. Then-House Speaker John Boehner received time to respond to former President Barack Obama's speech on the debt ceiling on July 25, 2011.

"The people out there want something to happen at our Southern border", Trump said.

"I'm not optimistic that anything will change [as a result of these speeches]".

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Negotiations on wall funding could proceed in the meantime, they said.

Hoping to demonstrate flexibility during his almost 10-minute speech from the White House Oval Office, Trump said of the border barrier he wants built: "At the request of the Democrats it will be a steel barrier and not a concrete wall". "I knew that before I even went", he claimed.

"I think we ought to solve this shutdown".

Trump did not mention that idea Tuesday night. The same poll found 51 percent of Americans say the president "deserves most of the blame" for the government shutdown - an increase of 4 percentage points since a poll taken just before Christmas.

On Thursday, the president plans to make a trip to the U.S. - Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, to demonstrate the need for border security. Among Republicans, however, support for the wall is much stronger, with 77 percent approving and 54 percent supporting the shutdown as a means to that end.

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