Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Donald Trump: 'The chant should be now finish the wall'

Donald Trump: 'The chant should be now finish the wall'

Trump later told reporters that the 17-member conference committee meeting to hash out a fiscal 2019 Department of Homeland Security funding compromise was "not going to work" and that he won't "waste my time reading what they have" if Democrats won't accept any wall money.

That shutdown was also sparked by Trump's insistence that any spending bill must include funds for a border wall.

Nancy Pelosi, who took over as speaker of the House of Representatives after Democrats won big in November elections, has vowed not to support funding for a border wall, and the issue has increased partisan tensions across the board.

Two years into his term, Trump has built a track record of killing congressional deals. "It's going to be part of their campaign, but I don't think it's good politically", Trump said about the Democrats on the committee. With talks stalled between the Republicans and the Democrats over funding for the wall, Kolfage and a group of like-minded people plan to talk with landowners in southern Texas and try to get approval to build the barrier on their properties.

"The chant should be now, "Finish the wall" because we're building a lot of wall", he said to reporters during an event at the White House on Friday. With a Diet Coke sitting on the Resolute Desk, Trump did not explicitly state that he would declare a national emergency to build the wall, saying, "I've set the table. I've set the stage for doing what I'm going to do", he said, without specifying if this meant declaring a state of emergency.

However, there already are vehicle barricades known as Normandy fencing along the border, and, Pelosi said, "if the president wants to call that a wall, he can call it a wall".

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It was not the first time Trump has publicly doubted his national security experts.

Amid signs that Trump's leverage in Congress is atrophying, he seemed to aim one tweet at his conservative followers.

The Democrats' offer includes $98 million for 1,000 new customs officers, $675 million for more imaging technology at land ports of entry, $400 million for other border technology procurement and $502 million for humanitarian aid for migrants. Cornyn, a close adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said he has "absolute confidence" that such a declaration would be challenged in court, tying up the money, and said Congress might even vote to defy him.

Without a border security accord, lawmakers could avert another shutdown by once again temporarily financing dozens of federal agencies, perhaps for months. He demurred Thursday when asked about doing so by the Times but said that, whatever avenue he pursues, Pelosi would not be able to block him. "But in his comments, he said he wanted to protect the DACA", she said.

They also challenged Trump's claim that Tehran is actively seeking nuclear weapons, the justification the president gave for withdrawing a year ago from a multilateral treaty on Iran. "It's a lose-lose-lose situation".

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