Pence says White House looking into Trump's ability to declare border emergency

Pence says White House looking into Trump's ability to declare border emergency

Pence says White House looking into Trump's ability to declare border emergency

But Mr. Obama has repeatedly spoken out against Trump administration immigration policies and made clear since the 2016 campaign that he does not support a proposed wall at the U.S. -Mexico border.

Democrats say other border security measures are more efficient and cost-effective than a wall, which they say is contrary to American values.

I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border.

Large chunks of the federal government shut down on December 22 over Trump's demand that a bill to keep the federal government operational include more than $5 billion to pay for a wall along the border with Mexico.

Trump planned to visit the U.S. -Mexico border on Thursday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders announced on Twitter without providing details. The New York Times first reported Trump's desire to address the nation.

Pence said Trump also invited Democrats back to the White House to respond to its latest proposal to resolve the standoff over legislation to fund the government.

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

Bush spokesman Freddy Ford told Politico the former president had not discussed the matter with Trump.

Trump directed the White House budget office to take steps to mitigate the effects of the shutdown, including ensuring tax refunds are delivered, Pence told reporters. The phrase lacks the urgency needed to break the shutdown impasse, some of Trump's advisers have told him.

The office of management and budget of the White House has conveyed the change of plan in a letter to the Congress.

Trump sought to begin executing a new strategy when he appeared in the White House briefing room with border patrol officials last Thursday, believing the setting would lend some authority to his message. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called the wall "immoral" and refuses to budge on providing taxpayers' funding for it.

As the shutdown lurched into a third week, many Republicans watched nervously from the sidelines as hundreds of thousands of federal workers went without pay and government disruptions hit the lives of ordinary Americans. Transportation Security Administration officers at major airports around the country are not showing up for work.

Illegal immigration has been a galvanizing issue for Trump's political base and Trump is making the calculus that the government shutdown is his best chance to pressure Democrats into ceding on funding for the border wall.

The idea has met pushback from some, including California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that he did not think Trump would be able to use emergency powers to build a wall at the southern border.

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