Trump Warns He May Declare National Emergency to Secure Border Wall Funding

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Talks aimed at ending a partial U.S. government shutdown which entered its third week on Saturday made little progress but were to continue on Sunday, President Donald Trump said.

Trump's Monday afternoon tweet about his plans to address the country come as the government shutdown begins its third week, with Trump and congressional Democrats at an impasse over Trump's demand for almost $6 billion in federal funding to build a wall on the southern border.

Trump met a mix of congressional and White House officials at Camp David over the weekend, during which, they held new talks about how to secure federal funding for the construction of his southern border wall.

'Chuck, let me say: We've done fencing in the past, as you know, ' Hoyer said.

"It's time for the Democrats to start negotiating", the vice president repeatedly declared.

President Trump announced Monday that he would "Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border".

At the White House, on Monday, spokeswoman Mercedes Schlapp complained that Democratic leaders have yet to define what they mean when they say they are for enhancing border security.

Mr. Pence said there is also agreement with Democrats on spending $675 million for "non-intrusive" inspection technology to search vehicles for drugs, weapons and other illegal materials.

The popular Smithsonian museums, just blocks from the White House, have been forced to close, while national parks have seen trash pile up and bathrooms go uncleaned. About 800,000 federal workers are not being paid during the shutdown.

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"That should help us move in the right direction", said Mulvaney, who is also the head of the Office of Management and Budget.

He said he plans to call steel companies to ask them for a design for his wall. "Good solution, and made in the U.S.A".

Trump visited the southern border last March. The number one network in cable, FNC has been the most watched television news channel for more than 16 years and according to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll, is the most trusted television news source in the country.

Thursday's trip, his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, will be to "the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis".

A US Border Patrol agent works on the beach preventing migrants from entering San Diego, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico. This appears extremely unlikely, since Democrats don't have a three-fifths majority in the House and are a minority in the Senate. Asked about the ability of government workers to pay their bills, President Trump said Sunday that he expected federal workers would be able to "adjust" financially, as he expressed confidence that they supported his drive for border security.

Further stoking the immigration debate is the looming race between potential Democratic candidates to win the nomination to take on Trump in 2020 presidential elections.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would begin considering individual appropriations bills this week that would reopen the government, starting with legislation that would return workers to the Treasury Department, including the IRS, followed by measures to open the departments of Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, and the Interior.

Trump is showing no signs of budging on his demand for more than $5 billion for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

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