Pence says he's seen "clips of previous presidents talking about the importance of border security and the importance of addressing illegal immigration".
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump will give an Oval Office address on the government shutdown he created, during which he presumably will lie through his teeth to defend his highly unpopular immigration agenda.
U.S. President Donald Trump has been considering declaring a possible national emergency to acquire the money for building his pledged wall on the U.S. -Mexico border, Vice President Mike Pence said Monday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has flatly rejected providing any funding for a border wall to resolve the stalemate.
There were other signs the administration is working to contain the fallout from the shutdown, which has furloughed 380,000 federal workers and forced an additional 420,000 to work without pay.
Jimmy Carter on Monday joined the list of former USA presidents to deny Donald Trump's claims that "some" of them told him they regret not building a wall along the border with Mexico. He said experts have said neither a wall nor fencing is what's really needed at the border but rather technology, drones and more personnel. Also, sorry, no one will ever sympathize with the media scared or anxious that Trump, or anyone for that matter, would say mean, mean things about them.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says the group had a "robust exchange" and "questions were asked and answered".
Trump insists his wall is essential for border security and said the shutdown would take "as long as it takes". Democrats do not want to provide any funding toward a wall, and the most they've offered is re-upping the $1.3 billion provided in fencing in fiscal 2018 for the current fiscal year.
President Trump is still looking for a way to convince legislators to fund his border wall project. They "don't like concrete, so we'll give them steel", he has said.
This comes after there was no weekend breakthrough to end a prolonged partial government shutdown, with Trump standing firm in his border wall funding demands. In his briefing, Pence said Trump continues to weigh the idea but has yet to make a decision. "Instead, he is still demanding that American taxpayers pay at least $5.7 billion for his wall, which can't pass either chamber of Congress and of course Mexico is not paying for", they said.
"Walls and barriers are not immoral".
With the impact of the partial shutdown rippling across the country, acting White House budget director Russell Vought sent a letter to congressional leaders Sunday detailing the administration's demands. He's made thousands of false and misleading claims already as president.