Trump cancels Davos trip over partial govt. shutdown


The House of Representatives approved legislation Friday to fund and reopen the Interior Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies impacted by the partial government shutdown, though the measure is expected to be dead on arrival in the Senate and faces a White House veto threat.

Mr. Trump wants $5.7 billion to build the wall, which during the 2016 campaign he repeatedly promised to build once in office. "If this doesn't work out, I probably will do it, I would nearly say definitely", Mr. Trump told reporters, adding later, "If we don't make a deal, I would say 100 percent but I don't want to say 100 percent". Fifty-one percent of Americans believe Trump "deserves the most blame", while 32 percent said the Democrats do.

Puerto Rico is still suffering the aftermath of a hurricane previous year, and officials there were dismayed by the reports.

The president said he continues to weigh the possibility of declaring a national emergency as a way to circumvent Congress and have the military construct the border wall, but Trump has yet to make a final decision on whether to follow through with that.

Meadows, who speaks frequently with Trump, sees the emergency declaration as the "last tool" the president has. That's according to a congressional aide and administration official familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

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"If there's a list of top 10 priorities on where to get money from, that doesn't make the top 10 list", Meadows said.

On Thursday, Trump said he had the "absolute right" to declare a national emergency to build his wall and said that Mexico will "indirectly" pay for it.

It was not clear what a potential compromise between the White House and Congress might entail.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., accused the president of engaging in political games to fire up his most loyal supporters and suggested that a heated meeting Wednesday with legislators at the White House had been "a setup" so that Trump could walk out of it.

That's the same length of time as the 21-day shutdown that stretched from December 1995 to January 1996 as a result of a clash between President Bill Clinton and the GOP Congress.