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Donald Trump Claims Freshman Democrats Now Support His Wall. They Don't

Donald Trump Claims Freshman Democrats Now Support His Wall. They Don't

Lawmakers tried to reassure federal employees that Congress was aware of the financial hardship they are enduring.

President Trump said Friday that the immigration flow along the southern border amounts to an "invasion", calling the situation "far worse" than people understand after returning from a visit to the front-lines in Texas.

Senators passed a bill Thursday to ensure all federal employees, whether they are still working or were furloughed, will be paid in full when the partial government shutdown ends. Neither side appears willing to budge - and if the White House and congressional leaders can not come to an agreement, Trump has vowed to "almost definitely" use his emergency powers to build the wall. The president is expected to sign the legislation.

Mr. Trump wants $5.7 billion to build the wall, which during the 2016 campaign he repeatedly promised to build once in office.

"That same Lindsey Graham who actually followed John McCain's lead for so long is actually the Republican who is using his position as Senate chairman of the Judiciary Committee to encourage Donald Trump to declare a national emergency and illegally seize Article I powers if he doesn't get his way on the border wall", Scarborough said. Supporters have tried to convince him that an emergency declaration is the best option to end the shutdown and would give him political cover to reopen the government without appearing to be caving on his pledge.

The emergency funds had been set aside for California in the wake of devastating wildfires that tore through 1.8 million acres in the state this year, as well as Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida as they continue to recover from 2017 and 2018's hurricanes and prepare for similar storms in the coming years. That's according to a congressional aide familiar with the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly.




"When I said Mexico would pay for the wall in front of thousands and thousands of people. obviously I never meant Mexico would write a cheque", he said.

Congressional and Pentagon sources tell NPR that the Army Corps of Engineers has been asked to identify projects that could be canceled or delayed so those funds could be repurposed for a border barrier.

Mr Trump said on Thursday that, instead of a direct payment, Mexico would be "paying for the wall indirectly, many, many times over", under a new trade deal between the US, Mexico and Canada.

"Mr. President, Declare a national emergency NOW", tweeted Sen.

That's the same length of time as the 21-day shutdown that stretched from December 1995 to January 1996 as a result of a clash between President Bill Clinton and the GOP Congress.

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