Trump criticizes Democrats’ intention to raise issue of his impeachment

07 January, 2019, 05:23 | Author: Rachel Logan
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"I think that's by intention", said Mulvaney, who is serving as the top White House aide in an acting capacity.

"I think some of our new members probably don't realize that you are always on, that when you are a member of Congress, there's always someone listening", said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.

With his negotiators preparing for the afternoon session, Trump said he didn't expect it to produce a resolution.

Before the OPM issued its memo, President Donald Trump had said Friday he "might consider" asking these officials to not accept their raises because of the shutdown. Democrats have made clear they see a wall as immoral and ineffective and prefer other types of border security funded at already agreed upon levels.

"Where is the emergency?" the Washington Democrat said on ABC's "This Week".

"Look, if Harry Truman couldn't nationalize the steel industry during wartime, this president doesn't have the power to declare an emergency and build a multibillion-dollar wall on the border", said Schiff, D-Calif.

"Let's get those [departments] reopened while negotiations continue".

Both Democrats and Republicans have attempted to pin the blame the other side for the shutdown - a disruptive political ritual nearly unique to the American system.

The second bill would fund the DHS through February so negotiations over the border wall could continue.

Building a wall along the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) US-Mexico border was a central plank in the 2016 election campaign of Trump, who has sought to equate immigrants with crime, drugs and gangs.

Mr Trump was "willing to take the concrete wall off the table", Mr Mulvaney told NBC.

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He tells reporters as he departs the White House for meetings at Camp David that he'll be asking the companies to design "a attractive steel product" and "we'll use that as our barrier".

Trump has demanded Congress appropriate money for the wall, and his dispute with Democrats over the issue pushed the government into an ongoing partial shutdown.

It pits Trump's unpredictable negotiating stylings against a largely united Democratic front, as many Republicans watch nervously from the sidelines and hundreds of thousands of federal workers go without pay. A day earlier, the president had tweeted that he didn't care that "most of the workers not getting paid are Democrats".

"There is a provision in law that says the president can declare an emergency".

Trump is demanding over 5 billion USA dollars in border security to deliver his signature campaign promise to build the border wall, whose construction and funding have been strongly rejected by Democrats.

Democratic Senator Doug Jones, appearing on the same programme, said the White House has not presented a plan to use the money. Even if the House advances any articles of impeachment, a two-thirds-majority vote to convict Trump in the Republican-controlled Senate and remove him from office would seem out of the question, barring astonishing new revelations.

Sanders says Trump is "not going to stop" until he figures out the best way to protect US citizens and that "whatever action he takes will certainly be lawful".

A first round of talks between White House and congressional aides on Saturday ended with no resolution to the 15-day-old shutdown, with both sides accusing the other of not giving any ground, according to the Associated Press.

More discussions are planned for Sunday.

Trump tweeted late Saturday that he is going to Camp David Sunday to discuss border security and other topics with senior staff.

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