Trump to visit Mexico border

Bessie Dean
January 9, 2019

But Democrats have said there was no movement in the talks.

Trump told reporters in recent days that he is open to declaring a national emergency to circumvent the funding process in Congress, and could simply use his powers as commander in chief to appropriate military funding for the border wall.

The quote was from Smith's appearance on ABC News' "This Week" program, where the congressman also said Trump will have to point out where the emergency is, otherwise the move will be potentially illegal. He also claimed that "many of those people agree with what I'm doing": refusing to reopen the government without obtaining funding for the wall, one of his signature campaign promises. But Trump's speech isn't just about immigration, it's about the partial shutdown of the federal government.

Trump's address will air at 9 p.m.

Democrats, who now control the U.S. House of Representatives, have rejected Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to help build a wall.

The shutdown would have cost taxpayers $140 billion in tax refunds, but the Trump administration has chose to call furloughed IRS workers back to process them in "what we think is illegal for him to do because he wants to act like a dictator", Hoyer said, referring to Trump.

Since the weekend meetings that the vice president has called "productive" even as he said no progress was made toward actually reaching an agreement, White House and congressional negotiators have not again sat down.

Former President Jimmy Carter issued a statement denying that he and Mr. Trump had any such conversation.

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Mr. Obama is the only living president who has not explicitly denied having this conversation, and his office did not return a request for comment from CBS News.

"I know the President has said that that was his impression from previous administrations, previous Presidents", said Pence.

Angel Urena, a spokesman for former President Bill Clinton, said Clinton had never told Trump that a border wall should have been built. The New York Times first reported Trump's desire to address the nation. The government is in its third week of a partial shutdown over wall funding.

The letter was signed by the organization's chairman, Montana Democrat Steve Bullock, and vice-chairman, Maryland Republican Larry Hogan.

It's unclear if any of the networks will give Democrats "equal time" after Trump makes his address.

Over the weekend, the federal agency tasked with guaranteeing USA airport security acknowledged an increase in the number of its employees missing work or calling in sick. They warn shorelines are at risk with reduced Coast Guard capabilities.

The federal government partially shut down on December 22 when Senate Democrats refused to support a House-passed bill that set aside $5.7 billion for security on the U.S. -Mexico border.

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