Democratic lawmakers brought a border security briefing at the White House to a screeching halt Wednesday, refusing to even listen to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, a White House official tells The Daily Caller.
The U.S. -Mexico border is roughly 2,000 miles long.
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"Could be a long time or could be quickly", Trump said during lengthy comments at a Cabinet meeting at the White House, his first public appearance of the new year.
Democratic and Republican congressional leaders are expected to attend a briefing on border security at the White House as the government remains partially shut down and President Donald Trump asks in a tweet, "Let's make a deal?". Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) has sworn that Trump will "never" get money for the wall, while the most likely new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) repeatedly denounced Trump's wall as "immoral, ineffective and expensive".
Democrats have noted Trump repeatedly promised during his campaign and earlier in his presidency that Mexico would pay for the wall, not USA taxpayers. The meeting is taking place before Democrats retake control of the House tomorrow, heralding a massive power shift in Washington after two years of unified Republican control. "They try and make it like it's just about the wall and it is about the wall".
The federal government effectively shutdown December 22 after congressional Democrats called the president's border wall funding a "non-starter" in budget negotiations.
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At first, Trump said he'd be happy to take the blame for a government shutdown over border wall funding.
Trump declined to speculate if he was willing to settle for a smaller amount than $5 billion, saying only that it was a small amount compared to what is needed to finish the wall - and what the country is losing every year due to illegal immigration.
The government has been partially shut down for almost two weeks, and President Donald Trump's competing desires to hold his ground for more border security funding and shift blame for the impasse onto Democrats have made it even harder to reach a deal to reopen it.
The session will be held in the high-security Situation Room at the White House, which is typically used to handle sensitive information. "If you build a 30-foot wall from El Paso to Brownsville, the 35-foot ladder business gets real good".
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"Mexico is paying for the Wall through the new USMCA Trade Deal". That measure would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to September 30. They plan to pass two bills: one to fund the Homeland Security department at current levels through February 8, which would continue $1.3 billion in border barrier funding; and the other to fund the rest of the government through September 30, at levels negotiated on a bipartisan basis in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the standoff could go on for weeks.