Trump says getting closer to declare national emergency

Donald Trump and his latest border wall tweets

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During an interview with CBS's Margaret Brennan which aired Sunday morning on "Face the Nation", Trump responded to a question about what he has learned about negotiating with the House speaker by accusing Pelosi of wanting "open borders" and being indifferent to "human trafficking" even though she knows the United States needs border security and some sort of border barrier. "She knows that you need a barrier".

"With Caravans marching through Mexico and toward our Country, Republicans must be prepared to do whatever is necessary for STRONG Border Security".

Trump has repeatedly threatened to declare a national emergency on the border, which he says would allow him to transfer money from elsewhere in the government to build his promised border wall without congressional approval. As both sides dig in their heels, whether an agreement will be reached remains unclear.

A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers are working on a plan to fund border security beyond February 15, which is the day funding for several government agencies runs out.

Trump, in an interview with CBS News, called Pelosi "very rigid" and said she was trying to "win a political point" by opposing his demands to fund the wall. "If she doesn't approve a wall, the rest of it's just a waste of money and time and energy because it's desperately needed".

'This really is an invasion of our country by human traffickers.

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"We're going to have a strong border. 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".

He assailed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, for continuing to oppose USA taxpayer-funding of the wall.

"Well, I think that she was very rigid - which I would expect - but I think she is very bad for our country", the president said.

A senior USA administration official said Trump will "present a path forward" on the wall impasse during the televised speech but declined to offer details. "We have very fast airplanes, we have very good cargo planes".

"Optimistic and unifying, but I think it can also be considered visionary", the official said of the speech.

"President Trump's recklessness didn't make us safer, it undermined our security with 35 days of border patrol agents, Drug Enforcement Administration agents, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and Homeland Security personnel missing paychecks", said Drew Hammill, her spokesman.

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