President Trump isn’t backing down from his promise to build the wall on the southern border.
Speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden after his second meeting with Congressional leaders on the matter, Trump said, “We can call a national emergency [to build a border wall] because of the security of our country.”
I may do it,” he said, “If we can do it through a negotiated process, we’re giving it a shot.”
“This is national security we’re talking about, we’re not talking about games. We’re not playing games, we have to do it.”
Fox News reports:
The press conference underscored how far apart both sides are, even as Trump called the meeting “productive” and suggested the standoff could end soon — or not. He indicated he was not shifting on his demand for more than $5 billion for funding for a wall on the southern border, saying it was necessary as the border is a “dangerous, horrible disaster.”
Prior to his meeting, the president sent a letter to Congress congratulating Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on her speakership and urging lawmakers to re-open the government.
“As we begin this new Congress, our first task should be to reopen the Government and to deliver on our highest duty as elected officials: the security of the Nation and its borders,” he wrote. “It is the sovereign right of every nation to establish an immigration program in its national interest—lawfully admitting those who have followed the rules, while denying entry to those who break the rules or fail to meet the requirements established in law.”
“Americans have endured decades of broken promises on illegal immigration. Now, is the time for both parties to rise above the partisan discord, to set aside political convenience, and to put the national interest first.”
President Trump speaks in the Rose Garden after meeting with congressional leaders about the government shutdown. https://t.co/DV7kYBQ4kN
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