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Trump urges Senate Republicans to 'just hang together' on border battle

10 January 2019
Trump urges Senate Republicans to 'just hang together' on border battle

The Republican president ended talks after Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer stuck by their refusal to fund his planned US-Mexico border wall.

Meanwhile, the double act by Pelosi and Schumer from the Capitol crushed Trump by 26 percent on CNN and 15 percent on MSNBC, Deadline reported.

"Democrats and an increasing number of Republicans in Congress have repeatedly urged the President and Leader McConnell to end the Trump Shutdown and re-open the government while Congress debates the President's expensive and ineffective wall", they wrote.

Trump has said he might declare a national emergency and try to authorize the wall on his own if Congress won't approve the $5.7 billion he's asking.

Trump was almost halfway through his 9-minute address before he mentioned the wall, describing it as a request from law enforcement rather than his longstanding political pledge.

"These two and the rest of them are never forced to explain their flip-flop", Levin continued, honing in on an oft-repeated Democratic border security "hypocrisy" touted by Trump, Mulvaney and Hannity for years.

"We are grateful to the more than 51,000 agents across the country who remain focused on the mission and are respectful to the traveling public", said TSA spokesman Michael Bilello.

This will be Trump's first Oval Office speech, and on Thursday he will travel to the southern border to highlight his demand for a barrier.

"He asked Speaker Pelosi, 'will you agree to my wall?' She said no".

Pence said Democrats are welcome to return to the negotiation table anytime, after the president left the meeting.

Past meetings with Democrats have resulted in both sides digging in, with Trump insisting on almost $6 billion for a border wall and Democrats saying they won't entertain the discussion until Congress passes and Trump signs a package re-opening shuttered federal agencies. "Now that the television networks have made a decision to air the President's address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime", they wrote in a joint statement released Monday night. Three weeks into the shutdown, the strain was starting to show with hundreds of thousands of federal workers on track to miss paychecks this week.

Pelosi said after the meeting that the president was "petulant". In fact, House Democrats passed legislation the day they took control of the House that offered $1.3 billion for border security. "I think it is a waste of money". "We've been in touch with those members and others", he said.

The president is planning to visit the southern border later this week, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

"I view that as absolutely Mexico is paying for the wall", Trump said. Now need you to stand with me, " read one message sent out after his remarks.