Trump visits border to make case for $5.7 billion in wall funding

Trump gets testy with reporter over shutdown

Trump visits border to make case for $5.7 billion in wall funding

"We can declare a national emergency".

Trump said Thursday he was "definitely" prepared to declare a national emergency, despite warnings, even from conservatives, that such a move would amount to presidential overreach.

While a national emergency would provide some legal framework for his administration to freely move funds toward construction of a barrier, it would nearly certainly face court challenges.

President Donald Trump on Thursday made the latest in a long line of contradictory statements about his proposed southern border wall and how it would be funded - this time announcing he never intended for Mexico to literally pay for the barrier. "We shouldn't have to", Trump told reporters. "How can we say that a wall doesn't work?'"

In McAllen, Texas, Mr. Trump visited a border patrol station where he was briefed by agents on the situation at the border.

The impasse between the president and Congress over the funding bill has left hundreds of thousands of federal employees without pay, and a quarter of the federal government closed down. In a two-page memo posted on its website , the Trump campaign outlined how he and his administration would compel Mexico to pay for the wall: rewrite financial laws so that "no alien may wire money outside of the United States unless the alien first provides a document establishing his lawful presence in the United States", preventing Mexico from collecting approximately $24 billion in remittances, or ask Mexico to make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion for the wall.

"Siphoning funding from real disasters to pay for a crisis manufactured by the president is wholly unacceptable and the American people won't fall for it", she said.

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Wednesday's dramatic showdown between Donald Trump and Democratic leaders and the president's defiant PR trip to the border the following day seemed to confirm observers' fears: a breakthrough in negotiations to end one of the longest shutdowns in U.S. history is far from imminent.

"We should be able to make a deal with Congress", the president said.

Steel added that Trump's public appeals this week, which the president himself was reluctant to give, were not going to earn Democratic votes "in an way, shape or form".

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., defended his party Thursday minutes after Trump spoke, telling Fox News that Democrats support "strong border security".

In Washington, federal workers denounced Trump at a rally with congressional Democrats, demanding he reopen the government so they can get back to work.

"If this doesn't work out, I probably will do it, I would nearly say definitely", Mr. Trump told reporters, adding later, "If we don't make a deal, I would say 100 percent but I don't want to say 100 percent". The President hasn't been blamed in any of the previous shutdowns.

Trump says undocumented immigrants and illegal drugs are streaming across the border, despite statistics that show illegal immigration there is at a 20-year low and that many drug shipments likely are smuggled through legal ports of entry.

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