Thursday, 17 January, 2019

President Trump plans trip to border amid shutdown

Parts of the border already have a wall such as here dividing Tijuana and San Diego County Image Parts of the border already have a wall such as here dividing Tijuana and San Diego County
Orlando Vargas | 07 January, 2019, 21:13

The shutdown has also been a factor in stock market volatility.

The other conferences are in San Diego and Phoenix.

"I may declare a national emergency, dependent on what's going to happen over the next few days", he said.

Numerous government agencies first ran out of funding on December 22, as Democrats vowed to block Trump's requested $5.7 billion to build the border wall and Trump insisted on the money.

A Democratic aide said Sunday's meeting started about 45 minutes late, and despite the delay they still did not receive a full budget justification.

With his negotiators preparing for the afternoon session, Trump said he didn't expect it to produce a resolution.

Mulvaney said he had concluded that Democrats "think they are winning this battle politically and they're vehement because they think the president is paying a price politically. He's not building a wall anymore, ' that should help us move in the right direction", he added.

"Where is the emergency?" the Washington Democrat said on ABC's "This Week".

Democratic Representative Adam Schiff of California, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, disputed that the president has the power to act on his own.

Republican Susan Collins of ME wants the Senate to take up House-passed bills to re-open the government.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said at a White House Cabinet meeting last Wednesday that she needs more assistance to cope with what she called a border "crisis". "No doubt, but let's get our deal done in Congress!" Congressional Republicans got the worst score: 58 percent disapproved of the way they've handled the shutdown, and just 25 percent approved. Collins and others are also up for re-election in 2020 from states including Colorado and North Carolina where views on Trump are mixed.

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But could the wall be called a "military" project?

"That is - if that is not evidence of our willingness to solve the problem, okay, because again, what's driving this is the president's desire to change the conditions at the border", Mulvaney said on NBC's "Meet the Press" in an interview that aired Sunday. "It's actually stronger", Trump told reporters explaining the reasons for moving towards a steel-based physical barrier rather than a concrete one.

The White House, meanwhile, is insisting that Trump is prepared to continue the shutdown fight for as long as it takes.

The shutdown has lasted more than two weeks so far with little indication it will end anytime soon.

"These four bills, which are expected to be considered in the House this week, will immediately reopen key parts of the federal government and stop the harm the Trump Shutdown is inflicting on American families, businesses, and communities".

Getting dollars for a border wall was always going to be an uphill task for Trump.

Trump has been threatening to declare a national emergency to bypass Congress to build a wall on the border. Such a move is certain to draw legal challenges.

Democratic US Senator Dick Durbin reacted coolly to Mr Trump's suggestion of declaring a national emergency.

He was speaking as he left the White House for Camp David, where he will discuss policy issues with aides.

More discussions are planned for Sunday.

Trump could indeed declare a national emergency, citing what the administration calls a "crisis" at the border, after almost 103,000 people were detained in October and November after entering the country illegally.

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