Trump goes to the border between the United States and Mexico to make photos that he said would be a waste of time
President Donald Trump takes the shutdown battle to the border between the United States and Mexico to strengthen his case before the border wall after the negotiations with the Democrats have inflated his financing needs.
Trump walked away from his meeting with congressional leaders – & # 39; I said goodbye, & # 39; he twittered shortly afterwards – when attempts to end the partial abandonment of the government became a deeper disorder. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are now faced with a loss of salary on Friday.
During his stop Thursday in McAllen, Texas, Trump visits a border police station for a roundtable discussion on immigration and border security and gets a safety briefing on the border.
But Trump has expressed his own doubts that his looks and comments will change every spirit while he searches for $ 5.7 billion for the wall that was his signature promise since his presidential campaign.
McAllen is located in the Rio Grande Valley, the busiest part of the border for illegal border crossings.
The unraveling conversations led to further speculations about whether Trump would declare a national emergency and would want to authorize the wall itself if Congress did not approve the money he was looking for.
I think we can close a deal, and if we do not, I could go that way, & # 39; he said.
President Donald Trump sets off to the US-Mexico border for a photo operation where he is not convinced that anyone will change his mind about the need for a wall
Workers have replaced sections of the boundary wall, left, with new sections, right, Tuesday, January 8, 2019, in Tijuana, Mexico
Landlord Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Center, standing with Senate minority leader, Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, left, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Right, speaking with reporters after meeting President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, January 9, 2019. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)
The White House meeting in the Situation room ended after only 14 minutes. Democrats said they asked Trump to reopen the government, but he told them that if he did, they would not give him money for the wall. Republicans said that Trump put a direct question to the landlord Nancy Pelosi: if she would open the government, would she finance the wall? She said no.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said that Trump put his hand on the table. Republicans said, however, that Trump, who distributed sweets at the beginning of the meeting, did not raise his voice and that no table rang.
One result was certain: the shutdown collapsed in new territory without endgame in sight. The Democrats see the idea of the long, impenetrable wall as ineffective and even immoral. Trump sees it as an absolute necessity to stop what he calls a crisis of illegal immigration, drug smuggling and trafficking at the border.
Trump left for Capitol Hill on Wednesday and tried to calm the windy republican lawmakers. He left a republican lunch with a very, very uniform party, but GOP senators were publicly uncomfortable because the upheaval engulfed the lives of Americans and interrupted the economy.
Over lunch, Trump discussed the possibility of a drastic immigration compromise with Democrats to protect some immigrants from deportation, but according to senators in the private session, there was no clear strategy or timeline for resolving the impasse.
The unit of the GOP was further tested when the House took over a two-party spending account, 240-188, to reopen a section with shutters, Treasury, to ensure that tax refunds and other financial services are continued. Eight Republicans joined the Democrats to vote and challenged the plea to stay with the White House.
There was growing concern about the toll that seizes the closure of everyday Americans, including disruptions in payments to farmers and problems for homebuyers seeking government-backed mortgage loans – & # 39; serious stuff, "said Senator John Thune. from South Dakota, the number 2 Senate Republican.
Some Republicans were concerned about the government's speech about the possible declaration of a national emergency at the border, seen as an unprecedented claim to the right of Congress to allocate funding, except in the most appalling conditions.
& # 39; I'd rather we fix this in the old-fashioned way, & # 39; said Thune.
Democrats said before the White House meeting that they would ask Trump to accept a previous two-tier law that had money for border security, but not for the wall. Pelosi warned that the consequences of hundreds of thousands of lost paychecks would have an impact on the economy.
The president could end the Trump closure and reopen the government today, and he should do that, & # 39; Pelosi said.
On Tuesday evening, speaking to the Oval Office for the first time, Trump argued that the wall was needed for a security and humanitarian crisis. to solve.
He accused illegal immigration of what he said was a plague of drugs and violence in the US and asked: "How much American blood should we shed before the Congress does its work? & # 39;
Democrats in response accused Trump of appealing to fear, not to facts & # 39; and the production of a border crisis for political gain.
In an off-the-record lunch with television anchors prior to his speech, Trump suggested that his assistants had forced him to give the address and travel to the border and that he personally did not believe that one of them would make the difference, according to two famous people with the meeting.
But one person said it was unclear whether Trump was serious or joking. The people familiar with the meeting insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the meeting publicly.
Vice President Mike Pence, on the right, standing at home minority leader Kevin McCarthy of California, left, speaks to reporters after meeting President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders at the White House Congress in Washington, Wednesday, January 9, 2019. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)
President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, waves to members of the media as he arrives for a Senate Republic policy lunch at Capitol Hill, Washington, Wednesday, January 9, 2019. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)
Federal Aviation Administration employee, Michael Jessie, who currently works without payment as an aviation safety inspector at New York International Field Office overseeing foreign airlines, keeps a sign while attending a press conference at Newark Liberty International Airport, Tuesday January 8, 2019, in Newark, NJUS Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez called a press conference at the airport to tackle the partial elimination of the government, so that some airport employees work without pay. (AP Photo / Julio Cortez)
President Donald Trump speaks before signing anti-trafficking legislation, Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)
A man holds on to the border wall along the beach, Tuesday January 8, 2019, in Tijuana, Mexico. Ready to express his views on prime-time TV, President Donald Trump stresses humanitarian and security issues at the American-Mexican border while he tries to convince America that he needs funding for his long-promised boundary wall before he ends a partial government shutdown who has hundreds of thousands of federal workers with missed paychecks. (AP Photo / Gregory Bull)
A boy looks at the boundary wall, covered with barbed wire and bathes in spotlights from the American side, while he is walking on the beach Monday, January 7, 2019, in Tijuana, Mexico. With no breakthrough in sight, President Donald Trump will Tuesday argue his case against the nation that a crisis & # 39; crisis & # 39; at the border between the US and Mexico, the long and invulnerable wall that he requires before he ends the partial abandonment of the government. (AP Photo / Gregory Bull)
Migrants mainly from Mexico and Central America watch how US President Donald Trump gives prime-time address about border security on television, Tuesday, January 8, 2019, from a border migrant shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. (AP Photo / Gregory Bull)
From a window outside the Oval Office, President Donald Trump will give a prime time address on border security at the White House in Washington on Tuesday, January 8, 2018. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)