Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

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

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

The partial government shutdown is in its third week with no sign of a truce looming as the Trump administration and the Democratic-led House battle over border security funding. "It sets long-term precedents, and I can tell you, that for people on my side of the aisle, one of our concerns we should have is: If today, the national emergency is border security and it entitles him to go out and do something, and we all support that - tomorrow, the national security emergency might be, ya know, climate change, so let's seize fossil fuel plants or something".

Trump said he was ready to expand the debate over funding for a border wall to some of the other issues surrounding the over-burdened USA immigration system - a suggestion that could open the door to working with Democrats.

"And so I want to ease their anxiety about that particular possibility".

Speaking to Fox News in an interview broadcast on Thursday evening, Trump reiterated he had "the absolute right to declare a national emergency".

At the border, the president repeated a claim he had made earlier in the day - that he never said Mexico would write a check for the border wall. "I said bye-bye, nothing else works!"

"The last thing we need to do right now is trade pointless - absolutely pointless - show votes back and forth across the aisle", McConnell said on the floor.

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Who would own the shutdown has been a point of contention between the two parties.

The proposal mirrored a measure the Senate rejected a year ago after opposition from the White House and senior adviser Stephen Miller.

"When I say Mexico's going to pay for the wall that's what i said, Mexico's going to pay. Somebody has got to get some energy to fix this", Graham said.

Speaking on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday, Rubio said, "I think the president has broad powers to declare national emergencies".

On Thursday, US media reported the White House had asked the Army Corps of Engineers to look into the possibility of diverting funds allocated for relief projects in areas damaged by natural disasters, such as Puerto Rico and Florida. Illustrating the danger, Mexican authorities said on Thursday they had found 21 bodies after a gang shootout in Miguel Aleman, a town about 270 kilometres across the border from McAllen, Texas. They get through the border and they go and filter into the country and you have MS-13 gangs in places like Los Angeles and you have gangs all over Long Island, which we're knocking the hell out of. We're not going to commit any crimes.

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