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

Leroy Wright
January 11, 2019

The Senate had good news and bad news for the 800,000 federal employees who won't get paychecks on Friday because of the partial government shutdown: Yes, they will be paid, but no, not until there's a deal to restore funding.

Republicans could be hurt if President Donald Trump declares a national emergency over border security, Sen.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a move by Senate Democrats on Thursday to get the chamber to vote on spending bills to reopen the government on day 20 of the ongoing partial shutdown. He is seeking to use the trip to bolster his argument that a wall is needed on security and humanitarian grounds. He will also receive a briefing on border security at the Rio Grande before returning to Washington later in the evening. President Trump is not expected to declare a national emergency while there, though people close to the President caution this could change.

On Wednesday, he invited Democrat leaders to the White House, but walked out of the meeting.

"If this doesn't work out, probably I will do it".

"I knew the fake news likes to say it - when during the campaign I would say, 'Mexico is going to pay for it, ' obviously I never said this, and I never meant they're gonna write out a check".

"We should be able to make a deal with Congress", the president said.

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The proposal mirrored a measure the Senate rejected previous year after opposition from the White House and senior adviser Stephen Miller. "If you look, Democrats, in Congress, especially the new ones coming in, are starting to say, 'Wait a minute, we can't win this battle with Trump, because of the fact that it's just common sense. Somebody has got to get some energy to fix this", Graham said.

There has been serious debate internally about the legal ramifications of President Trump declaring a national emergency so he can build his border wall without congressional approval.

Trump disputed that on Thursday, saying "I didn't pound the table".

"I don't have temper tantrums", he said.

"I think we should do it legislatively", Jordan told reporters, "because if [Trump] goes the emergency route, I'm convinced it's going to wind up in court".

However, Trump's opponents say he is hyping the danger posed to Americans to stir xenophobia for his own political gains.

"We have to recognize something because my head's going to explode", Deutsch said during a discussion on Thursday's edition of Morning Joe.

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