Trump backs down over border wall

Pelosi Calls for ‘Bipartisan Consensus’ on Border Security — Then Vows There Won’t Be ‘Any Wall Money’

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Regarding ongoing negotiations in Congress to avoid another costly government shutdown, with a deadline in two weeks, Trump said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "should be ashamed" for refusing to give the Republicans the funding for the wall he has demanded.

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"We're not getting anywhere with them", Trump said during an event at the White House, citing what he called "tremendous obstruction by Democrats", who call their differences with the president a basic disagreement over immigration policy.

By declaring a national emergency on the border, Trump would in theory be able to tap unrelated funding to use wall construction.

Trump did not definitely state whether he would declare a national emergency, which would enable him to fund a border wall without congressional approval but would certainly face legal challenges. Polls suggest that such a move would be "wildly unpopular", and might even encourage congressional Republicans to come to a deal without him. "She knows that we need border security". "So they come into areas where you don't have the barriers", Trump said.

"I think that she was very rigid - which I would expect - but I think she's very bad for our country".

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Congress launched a super committee on border security this week, the latest stage of a long debate over one of Trump's biggest 2016 campaign promises, a concrete border wall he once said Mexico would pay for.

On CBS, Trump accused his political rival of being "very bad for our country".

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

Pelosi, by her stand against the wall, is costing the country hundreds of billions of dollars, Trump said. "That accounts for about 6 percent of our traffic", Border Patrol chief Raul Ortiz told journalists during President Trump's January 10 visit to Rio Grande Valley, Texas. You need a wall.

That would take place under provisions of the National Emergencies Act, which provides that a presidential declaration can be terminated if lawmakers pass a joint resolution to do so.

In another, he added: Let's just call them WALLS from now on and stop playing political games! Richard Shelby, R-Ala. Asked how they differ, Shelby replied, "You have to ask them but I think it's pretty obvious".