Speaker Pelosi: No wall money in US border deal talks

A US Customs and Border Patrol agent patrols a section of floating fence at sunset that runs through Imperial Sand Dunes along the international border with Mexico in Imperial County California
‘No wall money’: Pelosi draws line in the sand on border budget ahead of potential second shutdown

04 February, 2019

"And when I hear them talk about the fact that walls are immoral and walls don't work-they know they work". However he would nearly certainly face immediate court challenges, with Democrats arguing that there is no real emergency on the frontier.

While the president is expected to focus on immigration, the caustic subject that brought much of the government to a standstill, Trump will also touch on his trade conflict with China and his renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he wants the Democratic House to approve, the official said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, told Trump in a private conversation on Tuesday that declaring a national emergency could divide the Republican Party and result in Congress passing a resolution disapproving the declaration, the Washington Post reported, citing two Republicans with knowledge of the exchange. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

One former White House official earlier this week told Roll Call those legal challenges likely would move quickly through the court system, with the big question being whether the U.S. Supreme Court would break with its decades of precedent by siding against a sitting president's ability to decide when national security is at risk.

Last Friday, amid "mounting public frustration", Donald Trump agreed to halt the 35-day USA government shutdown that has left hundreds of thousands of federal employees without pay for more than a month, reports The Guardian.

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She also said that she was open to negotiating on other points, such as border technology, but Trump has said for weeks that he wouldn't agree to anything without funding for the wall, making Pelosi's supposed openness to negotiation ring hollow.

"Together we can break decades of political stalemate, we can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions and unlock the extraordinary promise of America's future", Trump plans to say, according to the excerpt, which was read to reporters at a briefing on Friday.

Most independent observers have cast doubt on Trump's claims. "It's being built, some of it's already been completed, in San Diego, if you look, it's been completed", Trump said. Although McConnell has warned about the perils of another shutdown or a national emergency, Trump has dangled both as possibilities.

"I think they're exhausted and, I think everybody's exhausted", he said. Trump said his aversion to letting his son play football is because "it's a risky sport and I think it's really tough".

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