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

Cheryl Sanders
January 11, 2019

"He gets the longest shutdown in history, which is a very Trump-like thing to want", said Cooper, while adding: "I think the president looks at the base and says he fought harder than anyone, announces a national emergency, reopens the government and lets the courts deal with it", he added.

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing on Marine One from the White House on January 10, 2019 in Washington, DC before traveling to McAllen, Texas, where he will visit the U.S. -Mexico border.

But pressed on a timeline for doing so, he said he would "see what happens" over the coming days. "I would nearly say definitely", Trump said when asked if he'd make such a move, the Times reports. At that point, Trump could end the partial government shutdown and declare a win. 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.

"If we had a barrier of any kind, a powerful barrier, whether its steel or concrete. we would stop it cold", Trump said.

Murkowski personally raised the issue with Trump on Tuesday when she attended a closed-door lunch with Senate Republicans, telling the president constituents were feeling the "consequences" of the shutdown.

Trump traveled to McAllen, Texas Thursday on the 20th day of a partial government shutdown.

As he left for his border visit, the president - wearing khakis, a black jacket and a white "Make America Great Again" baseball cap - ripped into congressional Democrats, saying they have been "taken over" by members he contends "don't care about crime".

But Trump said otherwise on Thursday, though the USMCA has not yet been ratified by Congress. "And building a wall across the southern border is not an efficient use of resources", Lieu said.

Schumer has seized on that declaration by Trump even as the President has sought more recently to shift blame to Democrats. The table-pounding flap has sent the shutdown and border security talks to a new low, with no deal in sight.

"I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency, the lawyers have so advised me", he said Thursday morning outside the White House. I will be the one to shut it down. The White House has directed the Corps to review its budget, including $13.9 billion in emergency funds earmarked past year by Congress, to see what money could be diverted to building a wall.

"We can declare a national emergency". "There's a lot funds". There should be no reason for us to have to do this. "And I will have Mexico pay for that wall".

The White House denied that Trump had been briefed on any such plan, according to Reuters. He did not directly answer either time. It's about the 2020 campaign, it's about running for president. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who among Democrats has had a better relationship with Trump than most.

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