Trump is demanding any funding to keep the federal government operational also include $5.6 billion to begin building a $23 billion wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.
But we can call a national emergency and build it very quickly.
"The only reason they do not want to build a Wall is that Walls Work!" Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should take up bills the Democratic-led House will start sending over to re-open the government. The proposed wall is reportedly going to be made from steel, which Trump told reporters would be "less obtrusive" and "stronger".
Trump also asserted that he could relate to the plight of the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who aren't receiving paychecks, though he acknowledged they will have to "make adjustments" to deal with the shutdown shortfall.
Despite Trump's assertions, Yale law professor Bruce Ackerman argued in a New York Times' op-ed Saturday that declaring a national emergency to use military funds for the wall would be illegal and any service members involved would be "committing a federal crime". Democrats familiar with the meeting said the White House position was "untenable".
As Democrats prepare a flurry of investigations into the conduct of Mr. Trump and the ties between Russian Federation and his presidency and campaign - and as much of the Democratic base and some of the members of the House Democratic caucus clamour to begin impeachment procedures - the fraught relationship between the White House on the one hand and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer on the other is infected by a fresh brawl over immigration.
Xi: Unification with Taiwan inevitable
He called independence for the self-governing island against history and a dead end. Beijing denies any interference in Taiwan's internal affairs.
On this weekend's broadcast of Fox News Channel's "Justice", host Jeanine Pirro criticized Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), the freshman congresswoman who said during her remarks at an event the new Democrat-controlled Congress would "go in and impeach the motherfucker", apparently referring to President Donald Trump. Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union", Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called the idea a "nonstarter".
6 he is considering whether to declare a national emergency in order to obtain funding for the U.S. -Mexico border wall.
Large chunks of the federal government were shut down on Dec 22 after lawmakers and the president hit an impasse over Trump's demands to build a wall.
Those bills aren't even being considered in the Senate, as the president has said he wouldn't touch them. Meanwhile, on Twitter, Trump described the wall as a steel barrier that will be a "good solution and made in the U.S.A". Such a move is certain to draw legal challenges.
That's despite the fact that his administration has already spent millions constructing wall prototypes near the border in San Diego. "He's not building a wall anymore, ' that should help us move in the right direction", Mulvaney told NBC.
Democrats, who took control of the House of Representatives last week, passed a Bill to reopen the government without providing additional funding for the wall, and have insisted that reopening the government should not be contingent upon wall construction funds. He said Trump had painted himself into a corner and needs to "figure out how he unpaints himself from that corner". Mexico has refused. He's now demanding the money from Congress.