McConnell warned Trump about declaring emergency to build wall

A US Customs and Border Patrol agent patrols a section of floating fence at sunset that runs through Imperial Sand Dunes along the international border with Mexico in Imperial County California

‘No wall money’: Pelosi draws line in the sand on border budget ahead of potential second shutdown

Trump has agreed to open the government for three weeks, until February 15, to allow negotiations with Democrats after a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history.

Although the Democrats continue to refuse to grant the president the $5.7bn in border wall funding he was requesting, he agreed to a bill that funds the United States government until 15 February, thus enabling almost 800,000 employees to return to work and receive delayed payment. Seven in 10 independents and about 9 in 10 Democrats opposed Trump declaring an emergency to build a wall.

"The chant should be now, finish the wall", Trump said.

On the same day he met with the president, McConnell publicly announced his opposition to a national emergency declaration as he encouraged the 17-member congressional committee to find another way out of the impasse.

Trump said last week he would turn to an emergency if House and Senate conferees can not hammer out a border security spending deal to avert another government shutdown by February 15. Polls suggest that such a move would be "wildly unpopular", and might even encourage congressional Republicans to come to a deal without him. " Schumer added: "We can secure our border without an expensive, ineffective wall".

"I think she's very bad for our country", Trump said when asked what he learned in his negotiations with Pelosi. "Human trafficking. And we're going to have a strong border". "She knows that you need a barrier".

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.

"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. You need a wall.

After capitulating to Democratic leaders last week by agreeing to a three-week resolution to end a monthlong shutdown, President Donald Trump reminded reporters on Thursday that the fight was far from over.

Interviewer Margaret Brennan warned Trump that he would still have to deal with the ppeaker over border and immigration issues, a national emergency notwithstanding. "And anybody that says you don't, they're just playing games".

"I'm certainly thinking about it", he said of declaring the emergency. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. Asked how they differ, Shelby replied, "You have to ask them but I think it's pretty obvious".

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