Trump still weighing emergency declaration for border wall: spokeswoman

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"How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?" "We don't govern by temper tantrum".

The glowering rebuttal by the pair sparked jokes and memes across social media.

Imagine, if you will, that the President of the United States addressed the American people, but all major television networks decided not to air his remarks.

Trump again said he might declare a national emergency "if Chuck and Nancy ... don't agree to the fact that our country really has a problem", he said, referring to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer.

Seeking to keep up pressure on Trump and the Republicans, Pelosi said the House would begin passing individual bills this week to reopen some federal agencies, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds.

"Our meeting did not last long", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters, standing in the chilly White House driveway. Democrats have denounced a wall as immoral, inefficient and costly, but said they support additional funding for other border security measures including increased border agents and technology. Let's talk strictly about border security in the long run, not just a short-term fix.

"I think the president made his position very clear today that there will be no deal without a wall", Pence said. Following Trump's speech from the Oval Office on Tuesday night, Morgan reiterated his support for the president's plans during an interview with The Washington Post.

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The meeting in the Situation Room Wednesday afternoon came ahead of Trump's planned trip to the southern Texas border on Thursday. Vice President Mike Pence said the White House counsel's office is looking at the idea.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has called on Congress to end the government shutdown to prevent the pain from spreading beyond federal payrolls.

In another tweet, he reiterated the call to "fix" the southern border. Instead, he is still demanding that American taxpayers pay at least $5.7 billion for his wall, which can't pass either chamber of Congress and of course Mexico is not paying for. They voted to authorize walls.

"I didn't hear the president say anything that would change my mind".

Also included in the bill with regard to border security was $366.5 million for technology, $7.7 million to hire additional U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers, $224.6 million for inspection equipment at ports of entry and $7.08 billion for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Trump Addresses AmericaPresident Trump makes his case for a $5.7 billion wall between the US and Mexico.

The Trump administration continues to seek funding to lock up even more immigrants in this abusive system, refusing to put resources into developing, testing, and ramping up community-based programs that would allow many people to go to their immigration hearings and meet their reporting obligations without being locked up.

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