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Trump visits border to make case for $5.7 billion in wall funding

11 January 2019

During the chilly South Lawn mini-press conference, the president claimed he did not "smash the table", adding: "But I should have". On Thursday, the House passed a spending bill to fund the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service, with eight Republicans joining Democrats to approve the bill.

"Rubio also said he would have liked Trump, during his Oval Office address Tuesday, to clarify the $5.7 billion he wants for border security funding would not be for a wall or for a loan, but instead would be "$5 billion to fund the top 10 projects on a border security program by the experts and the people in charge of doing that".

"Not only was the president unpresidential ― surprise, surprise ― yesterday in his behavior, I think the meeting was a setup so he could walk out", Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill.

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"Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans have a responsibility, not simply to wait for the President, but to intervene", Schumer said in remarks on the Senate floor.

His efforts to restart bipartisan talks on border wall funding came to a halt Thursday as Trump reportedly opposed the idea of signing stopgap funding bills before serious negotiations on the border wall started.

"It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier", he continued.

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"I will build a great, great wall on our southern border", he declared on June 16, 2015 at Trump Tower in NY.

After Trump stormed out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders, GOP senators privately gathered in Sen. And the President has dug in in his refusal to sign legislation that does not meet his demand for roughly $5 billion for a border wall, which Democrats refuse to provide. "But if we don't make a deal, I would say it would be very surprising to me if I don't declare a national emergency and just fund it through the various mechanisms - and by the way, there's more than one mechanism". Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Wednesday. Mr. Trump reiterated on Friday while visiting the border that he was considering calling a national emergency. Trump said he would "take the mantle" for the shutdown. "It requires an agreement between a Democratic House, the Democrats in the Senate and the President". A White House official denied Trump had been briefed on the plan, and the Pentagon declined to comment on the news reports.

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Trump visits border to make case for $5.7 billion in wall funding