Taxpayers Will Pay for Wall, White House Aide Acknowledges

10 January, 2019, 10:39 | Author: Eloise Houston
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Trump's evening remarks will be followed by a televised rebuttal from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who strongly oppose the wall and have repeatedly called on Trump to reopen the rest of government while border negotiations continue. "We want to start with the facts", Pelosi began. They are particularly concerned about the administration's talk of possibly declaring a national emergency at the border, seeing that as an unprecedented claim on the right of Congress to allocate funding except in the most dire circumstances.

But the US-Mexico-Canada trade deal has not yet been approved by Congress and even the perceived benefits of its passage would not amount to a Mexican - direct or indirect - payment of the border wall.

Asked how long the shutdown would last, Trump told reporters Wednesday "whatever it takes".

Both Democratic and Republican sources questioned the episode Wednesday afternoon, wondering if Trump had staged the entire meeting to try to make Democratic leaders look unreasonable and better position himself to make an emergency declaration in the coming days.
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are going without pay, and government disruptions are hitting home with everyday Americans.

"I just addressed the nation on Border Security".

Trump walked out of the meeting with congressional leaders, according to those in attendance, who discussed the shutdown and funding for border security. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia said she wants border security.

Fox News Anchor Says Trump's Claims on Immigrants and Drugs Are Wrong in On-air Fact Check
Mark Levin: Trump Speech 'Outstanding'; Pelosi, Schumer 'Are Pathological Liars'

Mrs. Pelosi has called border walls "immoral" and refused to give an inch in negotiations over Mr. Trump's demand for $5.7 billion for new barriers, Border Patrol agents, immigration judges and other tools to stem illegal immigration.

Some of those from the caravans who are still hoping to get into the U.S. watched Trump's address Tuesday on television sets inside shelters in Tijuana, just on the other side of the U.S. -Mexico border.
Most presidents have used Oval Office addresses for noble purposes.

Meanwhile, a "zero-tolerance" policy instituted by the Trump administration's Justice Department, which led to almost 2,000 children being temporarily separated from their families after being caught trying to cross the US border, also sparked a national outcry. Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham has suggested a compromise that would include wall funding as well as protecting some immigrants from deportation. The administration says it will act on its own to ensure the refunds. The White House team included the added scanners and manpower at ports of entry that Democrats support. But one person said it was unclear whether Trump was serious or joking. Over Caesar salad and iced tea, Trump projected confidence that his strategy was working, Fox News Channel's Bret Baier reported.

Pelosi then handed the microphone over to Schumer.

With Trump heading to the border on Thursday, few saw a speedy path to resolution for the partial shutdown, which has furloughed 380,000 federal workers and forced an additional 420,000 to work without pay.

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