The president's primetime address on Tuesday night saw both camps drifting even further apart, with Trump declaring a "humanitarian and security crisis" and vowing to protect America, "so help me God" - and Democratic congressional leaders saying Trump is working to "manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration".
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has called on Congress to end the government shutdown to prevent the pain from spreading beyond federal payrolls.
Mr Trump said an as-yet-unratified revamp of the North American Free Trade Agreement would pay for the wall, a claim previously disputed by economists. In past shutdowns, civil servants were paid retroactively once the impasses ended. "30 million Americans have no health insurance..."
"I think we might work a deal, and if we don't we might go that route", he said.
The Democrats have "refused to provide our fearless border agents with the tools they desperately need to protect our families and our nation", he added. Farmers and small businesses won't get loans they desperately need.
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There's no more conversation about it ..." I'm over that, I'm over the moment, and I'm about today. DeGeneres revealed that she had called The Academy and asked them to bring Hart back as host.
Mr Trump correctly pointed out that Democrats have in the past supported a physical barrier.
Trump said after recounting gruesome details of murders he said were committed by illegal immigrants.
"Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who illegally entered our country and thousands more lives will be lost if we don't act right now", Trump said. That's because the federal government has been partially shutdown for over two weeks. Moreover, recent academic scholarship highlights that states with more undocumented immigrants decisively have less violent crime.
In a brief response to the President, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer also offered no new solution to the impasse - though it was Mr Trump, not his opponents, who asked for television time on Tuesday.
Trump told reporters as he was leaving the Capitol that party is "totally unified" in its demands for border security.
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In New Westminster, staff say no one has made a request to the city to look into the issue of donation bins. Canadian Press reported at the time that at least seven people had died in such bins in Canada since 2015.
"The fact is: President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis, and must re-open the government", she said.
Trump's remarks came 18 days into a partial government shutdown precipitated by his demand for the wall, which he has said is needed to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs. Donald Trump is the only person who doesn't agree with that notion.
The shutdown is the third under Trump's watch and the longest since 1995.
According to the latest Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, 51% of Americans believe Trump "deserves most of the blame" for the government shutdown.
The threat said Trump's advisers "would recommend" that he veto the bills, rather than using the stronger language that the "president would" veto the bills that the Office of Management and Budget sometimes uses. The views expressed are her own.
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The president has maintained he will declare a "national emergency" to obtain border wall funds if the talks aren't fruitful. Lawmakers also are anxious about missed paychecks for government workers Friday.