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Trump claims 'tremendous support' over wall

10 January 2019

Minutes later, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer gave a rebuttal, saying the wall was unnecessary and imploring Trump to reopen the quarter of the government that has been shuttered since December 22, while talks continue over a border wall Trump says is necessary to thwart illegal immigration. Earlier, the president traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with Senate Republicans, saying afterward, "We have a very unified party".

Trump is scheduled to visit the southwest border tomorrow and it was not clear whether he still might choose to make the national emergency declaration.

In a somber televised plea, President Donald Trump urged congressional Democrats to fund his long-promised border wall Tuesday night, blaming illegal immigration for what he called a scourge of drugs and violence in the US and framing the debate over the partial government shutdown in stark terms.

With the two sides at an impasse, some 800,000 federal employees are expected to miss their first paycheck, on Friday, since the shutdown began on December 22. "Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!" Among Republicans, however, support for the wall is much stronger, with 77 percent approving and 54 percent supporting the shutdown as a means to that end.

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Other Democratic senators also said they were unmoved by Trump's demand for a barrier.

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.

"On Day One of the new Congress, the House passed bipartisan legislation that honors our responsibility to protect the American people with funding for smart, effective border security solutions - just not the President's wasteful and ineffective wall". But he made no mention of such a declaration Tuesday night. Trump initially vowed that Mexico would pay for the border wall.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told The Washington Post on Tuesday, "There is an opportunity for every American to see who wants government open and our responsibility is not to do what the president the United States tells us to do".

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Mrs Pelosi said: "The fact is: the women and children at the border are not a security threat, they are a humanitarian challenge". A new opinion poll suggests just over half of Americans (51%) blame President Trump for the government shutdown.

"Maybe he thinks he can bully us". While he's largely kept his opinions to himself, on Tuesday, before Trump addressed the nation, Morgan vocalized his support for the president's plans. "We've been in touch with those members and others", he said.

Pence said Democrats are welcome to return to the negotiation table anytime, after the president left the meeting.

Pelosi said after the meeting that the president was "petulant".

Trump said in his address that it is up to Democrats to "pass a spending bill that defends our borders and reopens the government". "We don't think that's the American way".

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"It's not going to change a damn thing, but I'm still doing it", Trump said, according to the New York Times.

Trump claims 'tremendous support' over wall