Trump Threatens to Bypass Congress & Declare Nat'l Emergency to Get Wall Built

Donald Trump the US president speaking about the shutdown outside the White House after talks with the Democrats

About 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed or are working without pay.

He said he could relate to the workers who would have trouble paying bills because of the shutdown but threatened, again, to declare a national emergency as an alternative way to build the wall. The impasse over Trump's demand for $5 billion for the barrier, which he calls instrumental to border security, has forced a partial government shutdown that's lasted more than two weeks.

"Democrats and now a growing number of Republicans are coming together and saying let's open up the government and debate border security separately", Schumer told reporters in NY.

Democrats said the White House did not budge on the president's demand for the wall money.

Leading Democrats revealed the way to impeachment of President Donald Trump during television appearances on Sunday.

Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told NBC's "Meet the Press" that he believes Democrats "think they're winning the PR battle and they're willing to drag this out because they think it hurts the president". We won the Senate, they won the House.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer did not show his hand when asked whether the White House offer to take a concrete wall off the table was evidence of compromise. "She went in front of an enthusiastic crowd of her supporters and it was red meat for them".

"Republican hypocrisy at its finest: saying that Trump admitting to sexual assault on tape is just 'locker room talk, ' but scandalizing themselves into faux-outrage when my sis says a curse word in a bar", Ocasio-Cortez wrote Saturday on Twitter, referring to Trump's lewd comments on a 2005 "Access Hollywood " tape that surfaced during the 2016 campaign.

Donald Trump with Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen US Representative Kevin McCarthy Representative Steve Scalise and Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House

He later tweeted that the Pence talks were productive. "The president is improving the economy, making us safer and, yes, building a wall, and you want to impeach him".

One of the officials says no new meetings have been scheduled. Democrats sought written details from the Department of Homeland Security on their budget needs, which the White House said it would provide. Trump said he wanted to help on the Dreamer issue but preferred to wait for a Supreme Court ruling on it first. "Good solution, and made in the U.S.A". "I don't know what he's basing this on, but he's faced so many lawsuits when he ignores the law and ignores tradition and precedent", Durbin said on CBS' "Face the Nation".

Americans depend on the federal government for social security retirement supplements, for old-age health insurance, for highway funds, for airport security and for all manners of other services, even as they say they want independence from Washington.

The shutdown has left transportation security agents and Federal Bureau of Investigation employees, among many others, working without pay. "I'm sure that the people that are on the receiving end will make adjustments".

Not all Republicans agree with Trump's insistence on keeping government agencies shuttered until the border debate is resolved.

"Let's get those [departments] reopened while negotiations continue". Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, in an opinion piece in The Hill on Friday called for a compromise on border wall funding that gives a pathway to citizenship for young adults brought to the USA illegally as children, also known as "Dreamers". Democrats familiar with the meeting said the White House position was "untenable".

"We need to open up government and then negotiate".

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It noted that both Syria and Egypt aim to reactivate the Syrian-Egyptian relations first and the Arab relations in general. The border crossing between Syria and Jordan, another USA -ally that backed the rebels, was reopened in October.


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