Trump backs down over border wall

Trump backs down over border wall

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi returns to her office from the Senate after US President Donald Trump announced a deal to end the partial government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington January 25, 2019. "She knows that you need a barrier". "People that didn't have any idea - they didn't have a clue as to what was happening, they now know exactly what's happening".

Earlier Friday, Trump was coy about his plans for a potential national emergency, which advisers have said could allow him to redirect some Pentagon funding to build the wall on the U.S. -Mexico border.

A short time later, Trump was asked at a bill signing about Pelosi's comments.

He also claimed Democrats fear engaging him about his proposed border wall because they would lose a debate about whether, in his words, "walls work". "Without a wall, it doesn't work". As both sides dig in their heels, whether an agreement will be reached remains unclear.

McConnell delivered the message during a face-to-face meeting with the president Tuesday at the White House, according to the Republicans, who requested anonymity to describe the encounter. Trump has agreed to open the government for three weeks, until February 15, to allow negotiations with Democrats after a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in USA history. But he also suggested he could also let a decision on the wall wait until February 15, when funding runs out again for the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies that were shuttered. Her victory might be short lived, however, as the leading House Democrat expressed hopes rather than guarantees that a second shutdown would be kept off the table. Instead, they proposed giving Customs and Border Protection $98 million more than the agency received a year ago, enough to hire about 1,000 more Border Patrol agents, as well as giving $77 million more than the $353 million that Trump requested for buying and deploying security technology.

Trump insisted that he is building the wall and will continue building it, as this is the only way to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the country. "She doesn't mind human trafficking or she wouldn't do this", Trump added. "It's like in a business, we have money on hand, and we're building, I would say we have a hundred and fifteen miles of wall, maybe a little bit more than that very shortly".

"Large sections of WALL have already been built with much more either under construction or ready to go". He added that the administration was working on a plan for a better and "far more lovely wall". "It's getting built one way or another". "And anybody that says you don't, they're just playing games".

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