Pelosi Would be 'BEGGING' for the Wall If Not for Tijuana Barrier

Pelosi, Trump agree to Feb. 5 date for State of the Union

Pelosi, Trump agree to Feb. 5 date for State of the Union

Pelosi rejected as a "nonstarter" Trump's offer of three-year protection for illegal immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in exchange for a permanent wall.

"Lets just call them WALLS from now on and stop playing political games! If there's no wall, it doesn't work", he said.

Trump also said he was not confident that congressional negotiators could strike a deal before the February 15 deadline, when temporary spending bills passed to end the government shutdown expire.

Trump on Thursday tamped down expectations, telling GOP negotiators they were "wasting their time".

"Because the only thing that works for security and safety for our country is a wall". "The Wall is getting done one way or the other!" he vowed.

But he then said he wasn't optimistic about reaching an agreement.

"I'm not waiting for this committee. Without a wall, it doesn't work", he said.

Trump had allowed the government to shut down on December 22, after Democrats refused to provide more than $5bn in funding for his proposed border wall.

"Nancy Pelosi will be begging for a wall".

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He was arrested last week on charges of obstruction, making false statements and witness tampering in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The special counsel investigation has long focused on Stone as well as other former associates of the president.

Trump and his aides were continuing to make preparations for the national emergency order this week in the event negotiators on Capitol Hill fail to reach an agreement by mid-month, White House officials say. The president referenced migrant caravans massing in Central America, intent on making their way to the USA southern border.

"Republicans on the Homeland Security Committee are wasting their time. There is not going to be any wall money in the legislation".

"When I wrote you on January 23, I stated that we should work together to find a mutually agreeable date when the government has reopened to schedule this year's State of the Union Address", she wrote. "Wall is already being built, I don't expect much help!" It would also freeze the number of border patrol agents and block any wall construction in wildlife refuges along the border.

Since coming to office, Trump has sought to tighten restrictions around immigration and asylum seeking in the U.S., prompting a widespread backlash from rights groups and critics alike. John Hoeven, R-N.D. "To get to an agreement we've got to have all three in there".

Pelosi suggested she would be open to vehicle barriers called "Normandy fencing".

Hours later, the head Democrat in the lower house of Congress, Nancy Pelosi, shot back with an equally emphatic statement that "there's not going to be any wall money in the legislation". The panel of old-school politicians from the powerful appropriations committees has ample expertise on homeland security issues, as many of them helped finance fence built over the years that stretches across much of the 3144-kilometre border.

I mean really? A president who wants Congress is completely irrelevant in how we meet the needs of the American people? No.

The conferees can discuss whether there are places where additional Normandy fencing or other enhanced fencing is needed, Pelosi said. "Let them have that discussion".

Normandy fences are created to discourage both humans and vehicles, but are easy to bypass with wooden ramps.

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