Trump floats declaring national emergency to build border wall

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Mr. Trump's White House is now demanding $5.7 billion for a steel barrier at the border, while Democrats say they won't fund his wall.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer did not show his hand when asked whether the White House offer to move away from a concrete structure was evidence of compromise. Such a move is certain to draw legal challenges.

Trump, however, tweeted late Sunday afternoon that the meeting was productive.

The debate was a "very important battle to win from the standpoint of safety, number one, (and) defining our country and who we are", Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for a short trip to the Camp David presidential retreat.

"What I'm aware of is they're looking at it and the president is considering it", Pence said. Sanders, for example, falsely claimed on Sunday that "nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally", even though the overwhelming majority of those individuals are blocked from entering the U.S. at airports.

Trump's allies say he is simply keeping a longstanding campaign promise and they frame his focus on his base as a smart strategy, since he will need to energize those supporters for his re-election campaign. A day earlier, the president had tweeted that he didn't care that "most of the workers not getting paid are Democrats".

That's despite the fact that his administration has already spent millions constructing wall prototypes near the border in San Diego. This week, they will pass a series of bills to reopen federal agencies after weekend talks between the Trump administration and Democratic negotiators failed to end a stalemate.

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Pelosi said: "This action is necessary so that the American people can receive their tax refunds on schedule".

Trump said on Sunday that he should not have to lower his demand for $5.6 billion, though he said he understood the impact the impasse was having on affected federal workers struggling to pay their bills.

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney also noted the perceived political benefit of calling for a steel barrier to NBC News saying Sunday, "If he has to give up a concrete wall, replace it with a steel fence in order to do that so that Democrats can say, 'See?" The aide said no progress was made and no further meetings of the group were scheduled.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said at a White House Cabinet meeting last Wednesday that she needs more assistance to cope with what she called a border "crisis".

"According to U.S. outlet Politico, he said "[Democrats] don't like concrete, so we'll give them steel. Democrats say the wall is expensive and inefficient, as well as contrary to American values.

"The Army Corps of Engineers is dialed in on doing this cost effectively and with the right amount of urgency as to where we can build additional stand-up walls quickly and then get after the threat", Shanahan said.

Last week the president told reporters he is considering declaring a national emergency to fund a border wall. The source said Democrats reiterated that an agreement would take too long and that they should enact some appropriations bills this week, adding that there was no real discussion about a dollar amount they could agree to. He said Mexico would pay for the wall through a new trade deal, though there are no such terms in the still-unratified deal.