Trump makes his case for securing southern border

10 January, 2019, 10:41 | Author: Sheri Evans
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The impasse between Congress and the White House appeared to hit another snag Wednesday when Trump walked out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders, calling the discussions a "total waste of time". But I know that the president has the authority to do it in certain situations if it's declared essential to national security. He sees it as an absolute necessity to stop what he calls a crisis of illegal immigration, drug-smuggling and human trafficking at the border. Chuck Schumer that President Trump had a frustrated outburst in their meeting Wednesday to try and resolve the partial government shutdown.

There's growing concern about the toll the shutdown is taking on everyday Americans, including disruptions in payments to farmers and trouble for home buyers who are seeking government-backed mortgage loans - "serious stuff", according to Sen.

Trump, who has long railed against illegal immigration at the border, has recently seized on humanitarian concerns to argue there is a broader crisis that can only be solved with a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

Pence says Trump asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi whether she would be willing to agree to funding for a wall or a barrier on the southern border if he re-opened the government quickly. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia said she wants border security. But he made no mention of such a declaration Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, a "zero-tolerance" policy instituted by the Trump administration's Justice Department, which led to almost 2,000 children being temporarily separated from their families after being caught trying to cross the USA border, also sparked a national outcry. But Trump has not budged on his demands for $5.7 billion in wall funding, and Democrats have not moved from their opposition, while many Republicans watch anxiously from the sidelines.

Schumer said Trump "just used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration". Critics say the security risks are overblown and the administration is at least partly to blame for the humanitarian situation. The White House team included the added scanners and manpower at ports of entry that Democrats support.

The White House has provided no concrete numbers to back up its claim, refusing to say how much money would be brought in by the trade deal and what percentage of those financial gains would cover border wall funding.

The White House requested eight minutes to make Trump's case on television. Over Caesar salad and iced tea, Trump projected confidence that his strategy was working, Fox News Channel's Bret Baier reported.

With Schumer's hunched body hulking beside Nancy Pelosi's uncomfortable stiffness, the odd-pairing echoed that of an illustration straight from the pages of Alvin Schwartz's "Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark".

Speaking to reporters, Trump also claimed that many furloughed workers weren't that bothered by not getting paid. Federal workers still on the job apparently will miss this week's paychecks.

"I prefer that we get this resolved the old-fashioned way", Thune said.


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