Trump says wall can be a steel fence

US Vice President Mike Pence, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen leave the Eisenhower Executive Office Building after a meeting with staff from the House and Senate (AFP

A Trump administration official says income tax refunds for 2018 will go out on time during the partial government shutdown because...

During a meeting on Saturday with Vice President Pence, White House adviser Jared Kushner, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and Mulvaney, Democrats pushed for details on how the president will spend the money he has requested.

"I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Smith said, "Unfortunately", the answer would be "yes" that Trump can declare an emergency, under federal law. 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. It is national security. "We're looking at a national emergency, because we have a national emergency".

Still, such an action would likely face an immediate legal challenge from congressional Democrats.

"I never threaten anybody but I am allowed to do that, yes", Trump said.

Mr Trump tweeted there was "not much headway made" in talks with Democratic Party representatives on Saturday. "And it's been that way for decades, and we can't have it anymore", Trump said. Democrats have not received the full budget justification they requested, and another meeting of the group is not scheduled, according to a Democratic official familiar with the meeting.

Moments before boarding Marine One, the presidential helicopter, Mr Trump said: "We have to build the wall or we have to build a barrier".

There are no talks on any public schedule at the White House Monday, and Congress isn't back in session until Tuesday.

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told CNN on Monday that while Trump could declare such an emergency, it would nearly certainly be challenged in court.

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. He also said he could declare a national emergency to build the proposed border wall without the approval of Congress.

Trump's visit to the border would come in the midst of what is now a 17-day partial government shutdown centering on a dispute over his demand for more than $5 billion in funding to build a barrier to block migrants, a lot of them from Central American countries, from crossing into the United States.

"If he has to give up a concrete wall, replace it with a steel fence.so that Democrats can say, 'See?"

"Let's get those reopened while the negotiations continue", she told NBC. We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete.

'It'll be less obtrusive and it'll be stronger, ' he added. US 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.

In his remarks the president touted how great USA steel companies were doing under his administration.

Donald Trump remained resolute in his demand for funding for a border wall on Sunday as negotiations between Democrats and Republicans, to strike a deal and reopen the United States government, stalled. Democratic Senators are making it clear they will block such plans, arguing bills funding the government should be first. The House is expected to consider each of the measures this week. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the majority leader, has held fast to his pledge that he would not put any legislation on the floor that the president would not approve. Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union", accused Democrats of being there to "stall". In his announcement speech during that election, Trump had promised that "I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I'll build them very inexpensively".

The talks will resume on Sunday afternoon but with both sides apparently refusing to budge there is little sign of any breakthrough.

As the shutdown continues, more Americans are beginning to see its effects. He said Trump was willing to forgo a concrete wall for steel or other materials.

"The only reason they do not want to build a Wall is that Walls Work!"

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