Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Trump walks out of border security meeting after Pelosi rejects wall pitch

Trump walks out of border security meeting after Pelosi rejects wall pitch

With no breakthrough in sight, President Donald Trump will argue his case to the nation Tuesday night, January 8, that a "crisis" at the U.S. -Mexico border requires the long and invulnerable wall he's demanding before ending the partial government shutdown. "Unfortunately, President Trump keeps rejecting the bipartisan House-passed bills, which have already received strong bipartisan support in the Senate, to re-open the government".

Trump, who has long railed against illegal immigration at the border, has recently seized on humanitarian concerns to argue there is a broader crisis that can only be solved with a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. At a private meeting with House Republicans, Vice President Mike Pence cited a C.S. Lewis quote calling courage a virtue, and he said Trump has no plans to retreat.

"Yes", Schlapp said when pressed by CNN's Jim Sciutto about taxpayers paying for the wall.

According to the poll, conducted January 4-6 among 1,989 registered voters, a 42-percent plurality think there is an illegal immigration crisis at the U.S. -Mexico border, which Trump has argued as he's tried to leverage a partial government shutdown to secure congressional funding for his proposed southern border wall.

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Trump again said he might declare a national emergency "if Chuck and Nancy ... don't agree to the fact that our country really has a problem", he said, referring to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer.

Murkowski said she expressed her hope during the lunch that the partial government shutdown would end soon, even if an agreement hasn't been reached on border barrier spending. Lawmakers also are anxious about missed paychecks for government workers Friday.

Complete ratings for Trump's speech and response will be available later in the day. But critics say the security risks are overblown and the administration is at least partly to blame for the humanitarian situation. I've held the hands of the weeping mothers and embraced the grief-stricken fathers. You can watch Trump's address here. "At the request of Democrats it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall". Pelosi, however, voted nay on both the Secure Fence Act and the Border Security Bill, but voted in favor of authorizing the Homeland Security Department in May 2005. And Senate Democrats have approved similar funding year after year.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the president was willing to make a deal in the meeting. "The adverse consequences of the shutdown are wide and growing". If they do, it would be a highly unusual move - Republicans never received equal time after former President Barack Obama's numerous addresses to the nation.

AP writers Colleen Long, Alan Fram and Deb Riechmann contributed.

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