Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

White House Adds To List Of Border Demands As Shutdown Continues

White House Adds To List Of Border Demands As Shutdown Continues

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he might declare a national emergency imminently to secure money for his border wall.

"I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border", Trump tweeted.

Trump planned to visit the U.S. -Mexico border on Thursday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders announced on Twitter without providing details.

And Trump has threatened to drag on the shutdown for months or even years if he does not get funding for the border wall. "We are willing to come to a deal to reopen the government".

"This should have been done by all of the presidents that preceded me", Trump said.

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Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney also noted the perceived political benefit of calling for a steel barrier to NBC News saying Sunday, "If he has to give up a concrete wall, replace it with a steel fence in order to do that so that Democrats can say, 'See?" They said that weekend negotiations on border security also failed to show progress. A person knowledgeable with the request told the Times that the White House wanted to interrupt programming during prime time. He exhorted Democrats in Congress to "come back from vacation" and approve funding for his wall.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., argued that since Trump's speech will be broadcast, the other side of the aisle should have their fair share of broadcast time, too. Although a handful of Republican senators from swing states have expressed a desire to end the partial shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is adamant that the Senate will not vote on funding bills that don't have support from the president. Democratic lawmakers say they will offer the president no more than 1.6 billion dollars in funding, and stipulate that the funding continently can not be used to fund a concrete border wall.

At the White House, on Monday, spokeswoman Mercedes Schlapp complained that Democratic leaders have yet to define what they mean when they say they are for enhancing border security. He added that once "we start talking about border security as an alternative, we may be able to find a way to provide some funding that is satisfactory to the president and House Democrats".

Incoming House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., said on ABC's "This Week" that 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 a border wall.

Mr. Trump is expected to address the partial shutdown, the border crisis and the deadline for federal workers' paychecks.

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