Trump says he could use emergency powers to build border wall

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After an on-going feud between Democratic leaders and President Donald Trump over border security and border wall funding amid the partial government shutdown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is taunting the president with an immature offer of money that plays with Americans' safety. "I don't think it will, but I'm prepared and I think I can speak for Republicans in the House and the Senate".

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the specifics of the briefing.

About a quarter of the federal government is shut down, with roughly 800,000 workers affected.


On the first day of the new session of Congress on Thursday, the House passed a spending bill package that would reopen the government by funding the closed portions through September 30, minus DHS, which would only be funded through February 8.

According to a source familiar with the White House discussion, Trump opened the meeting with a speech that lasted at least 15 minutes in which he insisted on the need for billions of dollars to fund a border wall.

In a December 11 meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, Trump said he would be "proud" to shut the government over the security issue and would not blame Democrats.


"Senate Republicans have already supported this legislation, and if they reject it now, they will be fully complicit in chaos and destruction of the president's third shutdown of his term". But the Senate will likely not take up the measure because it does not provide more than $5 billion for the wall, as demanded by Trump, who has promised to veto anything that does not provide the funding.

"Border Security and the Wall "thing" and Shutdown is not where Nancy Pelosi wanted to start her tenure as Speaker!" Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

"Congressman Hunter believes President Trump needs to stand strong on the issue of border security and his description of it as a "national emergency" means he has a firm grasp of its importance". Republicans, Democrats and the White House would then continue hashing out a deal over the wall.


The second part of the package would fund federal agencies that are now unfunded, such as the Justice, Commerce and Transportation departments, through September 30, the end of the federal fiscal year.

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