Trump to make public address on border wall

Sheila Mcguire
January 8, 2019

Talks aimed at ending a partial United States government shutdown which entered its third week on Saturday made little progress but were to continue on Sunday, President Donald Trump said.

President Donald Trump warned Friday, March 21, 2018 that a shutdown could last a "very long time" unless Democrats in the Senate join Republicans and approve funding for the border wall with Mexico. "If that's not evidence of the president's desire to try and resolve this, I don't know what is". The midterm elections revealed a deeply divided Republican Party and saw major Democratic gains in states that Trump will need to win re-election in 2020. A Trump administration official says income tax refunds for 2018 will go out on time during the partial government shutdown because...

US President Donald Trump on Sunday pledged not to bend in his demand for a wall along the southern border with Mexico but said the barrier could be made of steel instead of concrete as a potential compromise with Democrats who refuse to fund the project.

The White House did not say whether he planned to make such a declaration, which would nearly certainly face a legal challenge, on Tuesday night.

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"What I'm aware of is they're looking at it and the president is considering it", Pence said.

Former White House communications director Joe Lockhart on Twitter advised TV networks to "demand to see the text in advance and if it is not truthful either don't air it or fact check it live on lower third".

The shutdown, which is threatening to become the longest in US history, is affecting about 800,000 federal workers, many of whom will soon miss their first paycheck, and has curtailed the functions of numerous government agencies. "Walls don't keep out threats like terrorism or disease ― and that's why we propose leading our alliances and helping other countries develop, and pushing back against tyrants", Obama said in a speech in September. She has long argued against them and tried to broker resolutions to past stalemates.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith said the executive power has been used to build military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan, but would likely be "wide open" to a court challenge for the wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. US law and and court orders make it hard to quickly deport these families or detain them for an extended period while their asylum claims are adjudicated.

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In an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press", set to air Sunday, Mulvaney argued that the administration was willing to deal. Meanwhile, 51 percent disapproved of congressional Democrats' handling of the shutdown and 33 percent approved.

"Trump says "the Mexicans will pay for this wall.' I don't see that", he said. He also asserted: "I want to stop the Shutdown as soon as we are in agreement on Strong Border Security!" Democrats have refused to support the spending and Trump has refused to sign legislation reopening the government without it.

"Look, if Harry Truman couldn't nationalize the steel industry during wartime, this President doesn't have the power to declare an emergency and build a multibillion dollar wall on the border", Schiff said.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said any offer from the president would be discussed.

Trump's allies say he is simply keeping a longstanding campaign promise and they frame his focus on his base as a smart strategy, since he will need to energize those supporters for his re-election campaign. Great. Come to the table, " she said.

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Outside the White House on Sunday, Trump said he "can relate" to the federal employees who aren't being paid during the shutdown.

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