Trump, Democrats battle in early stage of US border security talks

Trump, Democrats battle in early stage of US border security talks

Her remarks came after Democrats had signalled at least some flexibility in the talks on border security funding that began only Wednesday. The top Democrat in Congress said if Republicans have suggestions about adding more ports of entry or technologies, those kinds of things would be negotiable.

Ignoring that advice, Trump issued a series of tweets on Thursday predicting failure and sounding alarms.

"Lets just call them WALLS from now on and stop playing political games!"

There was a time when both Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) were aiming to secure $12 - $15 billion for construction of a southern border wall, another effort that never panned out. Pelosi did signal openness to "infrastructure" and "fencing".

The campaign is called "We The People Will Build the Wall".

The conferees can discuss whether there are places where additional Normandy fencing or other enhanced fencing is needed, Pelosi said.

"If they come up with a bipartisan consensus, of course", she said.

Pelosi's crack was a reference to Trump's intelligence chiefs contradicting him in congressional testimony this week, and Trump's subsequent attack on his intelligence community. "I'll give them to you temporarily, you give me a wall permanently". "I don't expect much coming out of this committee".

Trump has said if they can not come to an agreement on a bill that includes the money he demands for the wall, he'll declare a national emergency on the southern border that would allow him to secure funds without lawmakers' approval. Pelosi's hard-line move could push the president further in that direction. It increases the chances that the only way to avert another shutdown would be to put a host of federal agencies on autopilot for weeks or months.

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During his triumphant declaration of surrender in the Rose Garden last week, Donald Trump suggested that he never intended his border wall to be a literal wall.

Still, Trump's request for $US5.7 billion to build about 376 kilometres of barriers along the United States border with Mexico faces uphill odds.

That shutdown was also sparked by Trump's insistence that any spending bill must include funds for a border wall.

Polls show that a majority of Americans blamed Trump and the GOP for the partial government shutdown.

"Democrats are once again supporting strong border security as an essential component of homeland security".

Pelosi, D-Calif., left the door open for an accord that could finance some barriers, citing what she said was already existing "Normandy fencing" that blocks vehicles.

"Let them work their will", she said of the appropriators serving on the conference committee.

"Because of the work we did years ago we've already built nearly 700 miles of fencing on our nation's border", said Rep. David Price, D-N.C.

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