Do ex-presidents back Trump wall? They say no

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The government is shut down over the president's demand that Congress allocate $5.7 billion for the wall.

The president also suggested that he would declare a national emergency so as to use the money from the Department of Defense to build the wall, thus bypassing the Congress. Democrats said he might face legal challenges if doing so.

"The time has come for the Democrats to come to the table, and we have to start negotiating", Pence said. But Mr. Obama has repeatedly spoken out against Trump administration immigration policies and made clear since the 2016 campaign that he does not support a proposed wall at the U.S. -Mexico border.

Trump was not expected to make that declaration on Tuesday night, said two people familiar with the White House plans, but he could change course.

Trump asserted that he could relate to the plight of the federal workers who aren't getting paid, though he acknowledged they will have to "make adjustments" to deal with the shutdown shortfall.

CBS said in a statement that the White House told the network that the speech will last no longer than eight minutes. The Democrats said no way, no wall.

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Trump's address will come in the third week of a partial government shutdown, the result of a stalemate with congressional Democrats over $5 billion the president wants for the U.S. -Mexico border wall.

The four living ex-presidents do not back Trump up on that claim. The shutdown, which has left some 800,000 government workers furloughed or working without pay, is also affecting national parks, airline security screening, housing and food aid, and economic data.

Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is once again floating a solution that would trade support for Dreamers in exchange for border wall funding. "If the president hasn't been able to convince the public up until this point, it's hard to see that an address tonight will do the trick". Some of them have told me that we should have done it'.

"Maybe he thinks he can bully us".

"Governors stand united in telling the federal government to open the doors of now shuttered agencies while you find a long-term, bipartisan compromise on the issues that now divide Washington", the letter says. Some said that a prominent Democrat should be given equal time. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who has said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., should take up funding bills from the Democrat-led House.

Len Saunders, an immigration lawyer based near the border in Blaine, Wash., said those border guards - many of whom are supportive of the president's border-security efforts - may soon stop showing up for work as they begin to feel the shutdown's financial impact.

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