He went on to say past administrations should have built a steel barrier or wall: "They never got it done -I will".
The White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to comb through its budget, including $13.9 billion in emergency funds that Congress earmarked a year ago, to see what money could be diverted to the wall as part of a declaration. Pressure was mounting to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, cutting scattered services and leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay. Like almost all drugs trafficked across the border, they were intercepted by agents at official ports of entry, he was told, and not in the remote areas where he wants to extend tall barriers. Neither side appears willing to budge - and if the White House and congressional leaders can not come to an agreement, Trump has vowed to "almost definitely" use his emergency powers to build the wall. His demand for the wall funding led to the partial government shutdown.
According to a Democratic congressional aide, money that might be redirected includes funds for flood control and disaster prevention that was appropriated in February of 2018, as well as the Army Corps' current budget for energy and water projects.
Trump on Thursday gave his strongest public indication yet that he is leaning toward an emergency declaration as he traveled to the Texas border to continue to press his case for the wall. "The only emergency we have on the border right now is people seeking asylum".More news: Sheriff's office: 13-year-old missing WI girl found alive
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Officials have estimated that roughly one-quarter to one-third of the money, or $2.5 billion to $3 billion, could be available - less than the $5.7 billion Trump is seeking.
Yesterday during a visit to the southern border in Texas, President Trump put DACA on the table as a negotiating point with Democrats. Critics have said the move would be an unconstitutional abuse of emergency powers. Trump said his lawyers had told him the action would withstand legal scrutiny "100 percent".
Mr. Trump also frequently said during the campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall, although he has since attempted to water down that promise. Obviously anything that was done on the disaster front, we have people that are counting on that. "They are. They are paying for it with the incredible deal we made, called the United States, Mexico, and Canada-USMCA -deal". As they and others know well, the bills are unlikely to get far unless the president relents on border wall funding.