Trump Still Undecided On Declaring Emergency To Build Border Wall

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption President Trump Mexico will indirectly pay for the wall via a new trade deal

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But Trump rejects that legislation because it doesn't have funding for his border wall.

Trump is scheduled to address the nation Tuesday night and lay out his case for the wall, which Democrats oppose.

Pelosi and Schumer were able to use their remarks as an opportunity to show America that the Democrats are willing and able to be the party of leadership that promotes effective alternatives to the Trump administration.

Ms Pelosi said Mr Trump was manufacturing a crisis.

Trump stated in a Rose Garden news conference Friday: "This should have been done by all of the presidents that preceded me".

Trump used emotional language, referring to Americans who were killed by people in the country illegally, saying: "I've met with dozens of families whose loved ones were stolen by illegal immigration".

Trump also argued for his wall by saying that immigrants carry illegal drugs across the border, but Smith pointed out that a wall wouldn't make much difference there. I've held the hands of the weeping mothers and embraced the grief-stricken fathers.

The president often highlights such incidents, though studies over several years have found immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than people born in the United States.

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The president and congressional Democrats remain locked in a standoff over the president's demand for more than $5 billion to build the border wall, in the third week of the second-longest government shutdown in US history.

With his use of a formal White House speech instead of his favored Twitter blasts, Trump embraced the ceremonial trappings of his office as he tries to exit a political quagmire of his own making.

Trump is set to visit the U.S. -Mexico border Thursday, reported The Hill. Dick Durbin speak to the media after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump about ending the partial government shutdown, on January 4, 2019 in Washington, DC.

He asserts that the government remains shut down because Democrats won't fund border security.

Trump was almost halfway through his 9-minute address before he mentioned the wall, describing it as a request from law enforcement rather than his longstanding political pledge.

In his own response to the president Tuesday night, Schumer said: "There is bipartisan legislation - supported by Democrats and Republicans - to reopen government while allowing debate over border security to continue".

Schumer says, "American democracy doesn't work that way". But he says having failed, Trump is now "unable to convince Congress or the American people to foot the bill". Asked to explain how thoroughly the White House counsel's office has reviewed the possibility of an emergency declaration, Pence said it is something they have examined, but the administration would prefer to solve the problem of border security funding through Congress.

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

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