Trump, Pelosi not backing down on wall debate

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It would also freeze the number of border patrol agents and block any wall construction in wildlife refuges along the border.

Pelosi adopted a firm stance against that demand Thursday. "If they're not going to give money for the wall...it's not going to work". "That's part of the negotiation".

Republican allies of the president said there will have to be some money to meet Mr Trump's demands.

"There's not going to be any wall money in the legislation", Pelosi said, adding that if Republicans have suggestions about adding more ports of entry or law enforcement technologies along the southern United States border, those kinds of features could be negotiated instead. He was appearing with Cabinet members and executives to sign an executive order meant to spur manufacturing. Ironically, the shutdown itself ended up costing the government an estimated $11 billion dollars, which is almost twice the $5.7 billion Trump wanted allocated for a wall in the first place. He criticized Democrats' negotiating stance so far, telling reporters in the Oval Office that Pelosi is "just playing games" and saying GOP bargainers are "wasting their time". "A WALL is a WALL!" he tweeted.

For over a month, President Donald Trump and Congress were in a standoff over funding for Trump's proposed wall along the southern border.

Per Politico, Trump has been wedded to the idea of declaring a national emergency to deal with immigration since Stephen Miller whispered it in his ear. We have money. We're building the wall right now.

"If the president wants to call that a wall, he can call it a wall", she concluded. He's referencing what we already have, nearly 700 miles of wall. She added: "Is there a place for enhanced fencing?"

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During her first weekly press conference since the end of the Trump shutdown, Pelosi was describing her own legislative background when she took her shot at Trump.

What else did the president say?

In a series of tweets Thursday morning, President Trump expressed frustration with the Democrats' unwillingness to work with him on the issue.

"No, I'm not concerned. President Trump has assured me that he will be proudly walking the steps of the Capitol, just like Ben Franklin, George Washington and Alexander Hamilton before him".

"I'm waiting until February 15".

There is, of course, no "Master Chief of the Constitutional Watch" (per protocol, the House Sergeant at Arms announces the President's entrance before the address), nor does anyone hold the title of "White House Propaganda Minister". Trump has cast doubt on lawmakers' ability to strike an agreement he could support, leading to a belief among many West Wing aides he will eventually declare the national emergency.

Trump and the White House have proven to be an unpredictable force in the shutdown debate, mixing softer rhetoric about a multifaceted approach to border security with campaign-style bluster about the wall.

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