Milstead, after White House event, says wall needed for border 'crisis'

Larry Hoffman
January 14, 2019

President Donald Trump denied any White House "chaos" over the longest government shutdown ever in a Saturday morning tweet.

On Saturday, with Congress adjourned for the weekend, Trump said in the first of several tweets on the shutdown that "Democrats should come back to Washington and work to end the Shutdown".

President Donald Trump has said he has "no idea" whether he can get a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for his border wall as the partial U.S. government shutdown slipped into the record books.

"This is where I ask the Democrats to come back to Washington and vote for money for the wall, the barrier", Trump said on Friday. "Many Hispanics will be coming over to the Republican side, watch!"

Trump added: 'I haven't actually left the White House in months, ' with the exception of a Christmas visit to troops in Iraq and Germany.

Analysts say the national emergency move would provide political cover to reopen government while allowing Mr Trump to argue he has done all he can to fulfil his campaign promise.

The New York Times said it was not clear if the investigation to determine whether Mr Trump was deliberately working for Russian Federation or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow was still being pursued.

However, the Democratic leader of the US House of Representatives said the ball was in Mr Trump's court.

"More border security - let's have at it", Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, said on CNN's "State of the Union". Some 800,000 federal workers did not receive paychecks that would have gone out on Friday. -Fight for the Future "Schumer and Pelosi's position may seem appealing in light of Trump's freaky plan to build a costly and unnecessary wall, but in reality-increasing border surveillance is a nefarious move that widely threatens the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution", wrote the group.

He suggested that if he can not reach an agreement with House Democrats on funding the border wall, he would declare a national emergency. "I am in the White House waiting for you!".

Graham has been among the most outspoken Republicans pushing Trump to use his authority to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress and build the wall by tapping unspent money sitting in various government accounts, including for military construction and disaster relief.

The Trump administration's use of dubious statistics, including the misleading claim that almost 4000 known or suspected terrorists were caught trying to enter the United States illegally - the vast majority were prevented from traveling to the U.S. by air or legal ports of entry - might also undermine the president's position that there is an emergency, experts said.

But Republicans who control the Senate have so far stood with Trump and insisted that any spending bills include money for his wall. He said he was giving Congress a chance to "act responsibly".

He and his proxies had several sit-downs with Democratic congressional leaders, but "not much headway" has been made, as Trump tweeted after Vice President Mike Pence met with Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on January 5.

Milstead steered clear of partisan finger-pointing, but he pushed back against critics who say the wall will not work.

Federal workers who have been forced to work without pay have started going to the courts to challenge the shutdown.

To Peters, "that's not border security". Instead, McConnell last week vowed to stand with Trump in the wall debate, after the president met with all Senate Republicans and pleaded for party unity behind his wall quest. The White House also was eyeing military construction funds, another politically hard choice because the money would be diverted from a backlog of hundreds of projects at bases around the nation.

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