U.S. president Donald Trump isn't a dog person

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Trump, who triggered a 35-day closure of about a quarter of the federal government with a December demand for $5.7 billion from Congress to help build the wall, said he has yet to decide whether to support the agreement reached on Monday night by key Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

About 30 minutes into his rally, Trump said he had been challenged by "a young man who's got very little going for himself except he's got a great first name".

But it also had something extra. "Although last year's breakdown was over funding for Trump's border wall, the impasse this week concerned bed space for detained undocumented immigrants".

O'Rourke, whose unexpectedly close but ultimately unsuccessful campaign for U.S. Senate generated buzz about a 2020 presidential bid, said last week he will decide by the end of the month whether to run.

The president also commented on the late-term abortion bills championed by Democrats as well as the political scandal surrounding Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.

Lawmakers formed a conference committee that's been tasked with reaching a deal on border security before the next shutdown deadline.

Watch: Remember When Donald Trump Wanted Mexico To Pay for the Wall? He declared, in familiar style, that "walls save lives", that "walls are not immoral, human trafficking is immoral, drug peddling is immoral". -Mexican border wall, but did not reject it outright and indicated he did not expect another government shutdown. "Safe not because of walls but in spite of walls". "Just so you know, we're building the wall anyway". He cited the number of people who have died trying to enter the United States since 650 miles of fencing went up along the southern border over the past decade. Both FBI and local law enforcement statistic show El Paso has consistently been among the safest cities in the US even before the wall went up. He doesn't think it should be so hard. Border fence construction began in 2008 and was completed in 2009. Or at the very least, that we should have less security along the border than we now do-indeed, that some or all of those 650 miles of border fencing should be torn down. Lowey said the deal had the backing of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats.

'If you would say, as an example, that tonight 69,000 people signed up to be here, ' Trump said in El Paso Monday night.

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Congressional sources said the agreement includes $1.37 billion for new fencing along 55 miles (90 km) of the southern border but only with now used designs such as "steel bollard" fencing.

On a gut level, many Americans know this is true. "If you did have it, it's the Democrats fault", he said on Tuesday.

As 2020 approaches, it does not matter so much that Trump is wrong on some details about the border.

Rallying in the border city of El Paso, the president said he is fulfilling his pledge to restore American greatness despite opposition from newly empowered Democrats.

What matters more is that Trump is right about where Democrats now stand.

It remains unclear if O'Rourke plans to run for president in what is already a crowded Democratic field. During the 2018 midterm elections, pollsters advised that it was more important to reintroduce the party's views on key economic issues than to attack the president. "Instead, we welcome them with open arms".

More than a half-hour in his rally, Trump had scarcely mentioned immigration, offering just a passing suggestion that those chanting "Build the Wall" switch to "Finish the Wall".