In their own televised remarks, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused Trump of misrepresenting the situation on the border as they urged him to reopen closed government departments and turn loose paychecks for federal workers.
"And he just got up and said, 'Then we have nothing to discuss, ' and he just walked out".
After Trump said that "innocent people" are being "horribly victimized" by immigrants who commit crimes, Smith quickly added perspective. "At the request of Democrats, it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall". "I said bye-bye, nothing else works!" Trump wrote on Twitter.
Trump has demanded that Congress include $7 billion in border security and humanitarian aid - including $5.7 billion in money for the wall - in any spending bill to re-open the parts of the government that have been shuttered for almost three weeks.
In a bid to convince Americans to support his demand for a $5.7 billion wall on the southern border, US President Donald Trump cited the murder of Indian-origin policeman Ronil Ron Singh, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop on December 26 allegedly by an illegal immigrant.
Some Democrats have in the past been willing to negotiate some sort of wall funding in exchange for presidential backing of immigration changes that would allow people brought to the USA illegally as children receive legal status. More than 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed or required to work without pay and services have been also disrupted for many other Americans.
Pelosi and Schumer responded, accusing Trump of appealing to "fear, not facts".
Trump plans a visit to the border Thursday as he continues to argue for the wall that was a signature promise of his 2016 presidential campaign. "For those who refuse to compromise in the name of border security, I would ask to imagine if it was your child, your husband, or your wife whose life was so cruelly shattered and totally broken", he said.
Some correspondents have speculated that he may ultimately resort to such a declaration as a last-ditch tactic to allow him to reopen the government without losing face to Democrats.
Trump has invited congressional leadership to the White House Wednesday to find a solution.
There was no sign Trump was backing down from his demand for $5.7 billion for the border wall in exchange for ending the shutdown.
"A couple [Republicans] talked about strategy. but they're with us all the way", he said. In regard to threats of terrorism, the State Department recently found "no credible evidence" that terrorist groups had entered the US through Mexico, undercutting Trump's argument that terrorists are entering the U.S at its southern boundary.
- Lindsay Lohan Says She Feels 'Comfortable' Enough To Step Back Into Spotlight!
- Top takeaways from CFP National Championship Game
- Ferrari replaces Arrivabene with Binotto as team principal
- Lindsey Graham says Trump's AG pick committed to letting Mueller probe continue
- Trump to stop federal relief aid for California wildfires
- Tennis Lesia Tsurenko upsets Naomi Osaka in Brisbane International semifinal
- Man caught on camera licking doorbell for hours at California home
- Kevin Hart Is ‘Done’ Talking About His Oscars Controversy: ‘I’m Over It’
- Apple trolls Google with giant billboard at CES 2019
- Stefanski headed back to Cleveland for second interview