Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Graham says Trump isn't giving in on southern border wall

Graham says Trump isn't giving in on southern border wall

President Donald Trump on Friday called the situation at the US southern border "an invasion", but he indicated that he would not be declaring a national emergency that could give him the legal authority to begin building his long-promised wall.

Sunday 12:20 a.m. A day earlier, he said he was not ready to do it "right now".

Trump has threatened repeatedly to declare a national emergency to break the stalemate and to order the start of construction of a wall, although on Friday, he retreated from his previously aggressive rhetoric by noting that he is not ready to take such a step now.

The president shot back in an interview with Fox News, blasting reports in the New York Times and The Washington Post that raised new questions about his interactions with Russian President Vladimir Putin and whether he had been working on behalf of the Russian government.

The potential use of a national emergency declaration by Trump for the border wall shows the extent to which the party is willing to yield on treasured values - in this case, the constitutional separation of powers - to steer clear of confronting the White House and give the president what he wants.

About 800,000 workers missed paychecks Friday, many receiving blank pay statements.

Trump also said he has "no idea" whether he can get a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who opposes spending money on an "ineffective, wasteful wall".

Democrats, meanwhile, seem determined at all costs to prevent a president who relishes campaign rally chants of "build the wall!" from getting a win.

Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer insisted they are in favour of border security, but that Mr Trump had walked out because "he could not get his way".

"Most conservatives want it to be the last resort he would use", said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who speaks to Trump frequently.

Saturday 9:05 a.m.

For Trump, who visited the Texas border with Mexico on Thursday, the border situation amounts to an invasion by criminals that can only be solved by more walls.

Peters favors "smart approaches" that might include radar and sensors, drones with cameras, high-tech ways of detecting tunnels, and physical barriers such as levees or fences where it makes sense. Democrats should hold firm and refuse to approve taxpayer dollars being used for this expensive, unnecessary wall.

Under Judd's leadership, the NBPC has become a key ally in backing Trump's border security agenda.

Saturday 12:05 a.m. The Defense Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the government's largest agencies, are the most notable exceptions and continue to operate since they were funded through September 30.

Today's record beats the previous longest shutdown of 21 days from 1995 to 1996 when former USA president Bill Clinton was in office. That one lasted from December 15, 1995, through January 6, 1996.

"The idea that a few billion dollars for more walls, fences and border security rises to [a] moral level is overdone, especially since the Democrats supported almost 600 miles of barriers across California not long ago", Penn wrote.

The shutdown has furloughed 380,000 federal workers and forced an additional 420,000 to work without pay.

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