White House Refuses to Budge During Shutdown Talks With Democratic Leaders


No, what seems to be stopping Democrat leaders from working with the president on securing funding is either their extreme pandering to the left-wing of their party, at best, or their personal hatred for the president, at worse.

Trump, in his comments to reporters Sunday morning, said he and Pence did not "expect to have anything happen" at further shutdown talks between Pence and congressional leadership staff Sunday afternoon.

US President Donald Trump acknowledged that weekend shutdown talks led by his vice president would not break an impasse, as newly empowered House Democrats planned to step up the pressure on Trump and Republican lawmakers to reopen the government.

Trump's plans for a national address at 9:00 pm Tuesday (0200 GMT Wednesday) and a trip to the actual border Thursday raise the stakes in the row with congressional Democrats refusing to fund his wall project. Trump stated late last week that he would consider utilizing 10 USC §2808 or 10 USC §284 in order to use the military to build the wall.

That would be via piecemeal appropriation bills, to reopen certain agencies, such as the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service.

The Trump administration called for approval of $5.7 billion for the wall, along with another $800 million for "urgent humanitarian needs" to take care of migrants arriving at the border trying to enter the United States.

"The White House has been all over the place on numbers for months", one source said.

The president said Friday he is considering declaring a national emergency to help pay for his long-desired border wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

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Democrats, who retook control of the House last week, have passed measures that would fund the federal agencies affected, but Trump has balked at any legislation that does not meet his demand for border wall funding. And hundreds of government scientists say they will miss crucial opportunities to exchange research and ideas because the shutdown is stopping them from attending major scientific conferences about technology, space exploration and climate change.

Mulvaney said the request could drag out negotiations.

President Donald Trump says he plans to call the heads of U.S. Steel and other steel companies to come up with a new design for the barrier he's insisting must be built along the southern border.

"Emergency powers are meant to be used for emergencies, not to settle political disputes or to shortcut the political process", Goitein said. "It's been done a number of times, '" Trump tweeted. "But primarily it's been done to build facilities in Afghanistan and Iraq", Smith said on ABC's "This Week".

"I never threaten anybody but I am allowed to do that, yes", Trump said. "And it's been that way for decades, and we can't have it anymore", Trump said.

The California Democrat tells CNN's "State of the Union": "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".

Those bills have little chance in the Senate, where Sen. "He'll face a challenge, I'm sure", Senator Dick Durbin, Democrat of IL, said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation".

Democratic staffers asked administration officials to lay out in formal detail the funding request for the border - including its specific security requests, what the money would be used for, and what in the Homeland Security budget the administration would cut to make the numbers work, The Washington Post reported.