Trump demands USA border wall, sidesteps declaring emergency

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President Donald Trump has walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders as negotiations broke down on the 19th day of a United States government shutdown.

In a bill that passed in the House of Representatives on Thursday, Democrats didn't give Trump the $5.7 billion he requested for a border wall but did offer $1.3 billion for fencing and additional border security.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a $24 billion spending bill that funds the IRS and other agencies affected by the partial government shutdown through September 30, as Democrats look to flex their new majority to put pressure on congressional Republicans amid the ongoing standoff. Lawmakers also are anxious about missed paychecks for government workers Friday.

"The people out there want something to happen at our Southern border", Trump said. "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. Until now, Democrats have refused to budge on the border wall, which has blocked the formation of a new budget and put government services on hold.

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer took to television last night, after Donald Trump's address, to express their own side of the story.

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The president said that all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal immigration.

An October 2018 report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency detailed the prevalence and source of a number of drugs, including those Trump mentioned Tuesday - heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine. Instead, he is still demanding that American taxpayers pay at least $5.7 billion for his wall, which can't pass either chamber of Congress and of course Mexico is not paying for.

"Again, we saw a temper tantrum because he couldn't get his way". "Our responsibility is to do what we think is in the best interest of the American people and the effective and efficient operations of their government".

Senator Doug Jones of Alabama said, "We need to dial back the rhetoric and not use fear".

Pelosi, speaking alongside Schumer outside the White House, claimed Trump was "insensitive" to federal workers who have had to look for other jobs as they face the reality of missing paychecks and the influence that will have on their lives. He claimed the standoff could be resolved in "45 minutes" if Democrats would just negotiate, but previous meetings have led to no agreement.

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The proposed wall is reportedly going to be made from steel, which Trump told reporters would be "less obtrusive" and "stronger". Not all Republicans agree with Trump's insistence on keeping government agencies shuttered until the border debate is resolved.

Trump said in his address that it is up to Democrats to "pass a spending bill that defends our borders and reopens the government". 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.

"Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer struggle across the country to relate to Americans and that's a little bit concerning to me as a Democrat", Feldman asserted.

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

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

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