At the Border, Trump Moves Closer to Emergency Declaration

House votes to reopen Treasury, IRS, other agencies

Trump cancels Davos trip over partial govt. shutdown

When Pelosi replied "no", Trump by his admission put his hands up in exasperation and said "bye bye".

The pressure on Washington to strike a deal intensified Friday when most workers missed their paychecks for the first time. Like almost all drugs trafficked across the border, they were intercepted by agents at official ports of entry, he was told, and not in the remote areas where he wants to extend tall barriers.

Today marks the 21st day of the partial shutdown that started days before Christmas over a standoff between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over funding for the President's long-promised border wall.

President Trump and congressional Republicans say they won't support any bill to fund and reopen the government that doesn't include money for a wall along the southern border. "I said they're going to pay for it".

Sitting among border patrol officers, state and local officials and military representatives, Trump insisted he was "winning" the shutdown fight and criticized Democrats for asserting he was manufacturing a sense of crisis in order to declare an emergency.

"When the next Democratic President declares a national emergency over gun violence and takes executive actions to curtail gun purchases, you can thank the people urging Donald Trump to do the same with regards to the border", he wrote on Twitter.

A second official with knowledge of the proposal said it would fund construction of about 315 miles (500 kilometers) of border barrier.

Todd Semonite, commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers, was traveling with Trump on Thursday. The majority has also already been obligated - meaning that it has been spent or a contract has been signed and there would be penalties for cancellation.

Trump's visit was met by protesters who rallied on both sides of the border-in Reynosa, Mexico, and in McAllen, Texas. Trump said Thursday that his lawyers have told him he has the "absolute right".

The vote was 240-179, with 10 Republicans siding with Democrats.

He said the Army Corps works on dams, levees and other projects across the nation and has an enormous backlog of unfunded needs.

"Siphoning funding from real disasters to pay for a crisis manufactured by the president is wholly unacceptable and the American people won't fall for it", she said.

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