Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Trump Urges Wall Funding to Fix Border 'Crisis'

Trump Urges Wall Funding to Fix Border 'Crisis'

Hoyer said if Trump follows through on a threat to declare a national emergency and use the military to build the wall without funding from Congress he could be abusing his powers.

"We don't think that's the American way; we don't think that's the constitutional way".

Wherever you land on the political spectrum, there's no denying that Schumer and Pelosi's stern rebuttal to Trump channeled the feeling of two parents standing side by side and chastising their troublemaking teen-a comparison that was made many times over in the flood of memes the Democratic response sparked online.

"This situation could be solved in a 45-minute meeting", he said, calling on members of Congress to pass a bill that would end the border "crisis".

Opinions were divided as some criticized Trump's insinuation that there was a "border crisis", while others sided with the president's call for building the wall.

"Yes", Schlapp said when pressed by CNN's Jim Sciutto about taxpayers paying for the wall.

Schumer said Trump "just used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration". But critics say the security risks are overblown and the administration is at least partly to blame for the humanitarian situation.

After Trump said that "innocent people" are being "horribly victimized" by immigrants who commit crimes, Smith quickly added perspective. I've held the hands of the weeping mothers and embraced the grief-stricken fathers.

The evolution marks a contrast from the 2016 campaign, when Trump repeatedly pledged that Mexico would pay for the border wall - a claim Mexican officials categorically rebuffed.

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The partial government shutdown reached its 18th day, making the closure the second-longest in history.

Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer spoke at an event where they were flanked by federal workers going without pay during the shutdown, now in its 19th day.

Trump was almost halfway through his 9-minute address before he mentioned the wall, describing it as a request from law enforcement rather than his longstanding political pledge.

He asserts that the government remains shut down because Democrats won't fund border security.

"We all agree that we need to secure our borders, while honoring our values: we can build the infrastructure and roads at our ports of entry; we can install new technology to scan cars and trucks for drugs coming into our nation; we can hire the personnel we need to facilitate trade and immigration at the border; and we can fund more innovation to detect unauthorized crossings", Pelosi said. And Senate Democrats have approved similar funding year after year. The administration says it will act on its own to ensure the refunds.

"That pickup ain't got reverse in it, " Pence said, according to people familiar with the conversation.

The White House is trying to keep jittery congressional Republicans from defecting over the toll the partial government shutdown is taking in their states.

AP writers Colleen Long, Alan Fram and Deb Riechmann contributed.

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