The latest: Sanders says that Trump will not swallow the border security
WASHINGTON (AP) – The latest news about the closure by the government (all times locally):
9:30 am in the morning.
The press secretary of the White House says President Donald Trump is willing to circumvent Congress if necessary by declaring a national state of emergency to build a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells "Fox News Sunday" that the White House has looked at "every available option" to get the money they need, and says that Trump "will do everything it takes to protect our borders".
Trump claimed Friday that he could call a national state of emergency to build the wall without approval from the US Congress, but would first try a "negotiated process." Such a move will certainly raise legal challenges.
Sanders says that Trump "will not stop" until he finds out what is the best way to protect American citizens and that "whatever action he takes will certainly be lawful."
The press secretary of the White House Sarah Huckabee Sanders talks to reporters about the closure of the government outside the White House, Friday, January 4, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)
A first round of talks between White House officials and congressional assistants made little progress in ending the government's closure, with both parties accusing the other party of no ground.
More discussions are planned for Sunday.
President Donald Trump is scheduled at Camp David for a retreat with the White House staff on border security and other issues. Landlord Nancy Pelosi says House Democrats want to pass on individual accounts to reopen agencies.
White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, left, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and vice president Mike Pence, talking as they walk down the stairs of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House complex, Saturday, January 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)
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