Shortly before that, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders stated that Trump would travel to the US-Mexico border on Thursday to meet with those on the frontlines of the nation's security.
It's unclear which of Trump's aides attended the meeting beyond Bill Shine, deputy chief of staff for communications.
"We're looking at a national emergency because we have a national emergency", Trump told reporters on Sunday, per a pool report. Trump has stood by his demand for $5.6 billion approved by the Republican-majority House before its term ran out on January 3. It is national security.
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin on Sunday warned of legal challenges if Trump tries circumventing Congress. But he said Mr. Trump hasn't made a decision on that option. "And it's been that way for decades, and we can't have it anymore", Trump said. Newly empowered House Democrats plan to step up pressure on Trump and Republican lawmakers to reopen the government.
A Democratic aide said Sunday's meeting started about 45 minutes late, and despite the delay they still did not receive a full budget justification. For example, in an emergency, the president is allowed to divert money to military construction projects, which could conceivably include the border wall.
The "crisis" phrasing in both announcements has sparked speculation that the White House might be moving towards declaring a national emergency.
"We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country" to guard against the threat that border officials say is posed by illegal crossings, Trump said. Later on CNN, however, Smith said that declaring an emergency would be "horrible policy" and a "terrible idea", and that the president would be challenged in court if he sought to build the wall without congressional authorization.
The White House warned again that the shutdown could last for some time while suggesting that the offer of a steel barrier was an olive branch to Democrats.
Schiff also insisted that Democrats would not give in to Trump's demand for border wall funds, saying that doing so would encourage him to cause future government shutdowns in order to get his way. Democrats say the wall is expensive and inefficient, as well as contrary to American values. "No doubt, but let's get our deal done in Congress!".
Pelosi said in an interview that aired Sunday if the president "doesn't care whether people's needs are met, or that public employees are paid or that we can have a legitimate discussion, then we have a problem". "It'll be less obtrusive and it'll be stronger". USA law and and court orders make it hard to quickly deport these families or detain them for an extended period while their asylum claims are adjudicated.
Vice President Mike Pence had planned to meet with congressional leadership staff on January 6, but Trump said any developments related to his $5.6 billion funding request for the wall were likely to happen in the coming days.
The fate of those Democratic bills is unclear. The House is expected to consider each of the measures this week.
'I've always thought that the debate over what the physical barrier should be constructed of was rather freaky, ' she said on NBC's 'Meet the Press.' 'We do need to strengthen our border security.
A Trump administration official says income tax refunds for 2018 will go out on time during the partial government shutdown because rules will be changed to make funding available to pay them.
"The Democrats, for better or worse, think they are winning this battle politically", Mulvaney said.
Meanwhile, the shutdown is having wide-reaching effects.
He added: 'The administration has not come up with any specific plan as to how they're going to spend this money'.
Finally, border walls work.
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