Trump will "probably" declare national emergency absent a deal in Congress

Frederick Owens
January 11, 2019

Trump has started to claim that he never said during his election campaign that Mexico would directly pay for the wall: "Obviously, I never said this, and I never meant they're going to write out a check", the president told reporters at the White House on Thursday.

Democrats, the president exclaimed, "don't give a damn" about crime, or people coming into the country and stabbing Americans.

With typical rhetorical flourishes, Trump said that only building more walls along the Mexican border could stop an onslaught of violent crime.

Trump traveled to McAllen, Texas Thursday on the 20th day of a partial government shutdown.

Trump did not lay out a specific timetable for when he might take such a step, saying: "I think we're going to see what happens over the next few days".

"The only way you have a strong border is you have a wall or steel barrier", the president said.

"I would like to do a much broader form of immigration", he said in Texas.

Trump flew to the Texas border with Mexico to try to bolster his case for the border wall as a partial United States government shutdown tied to the issue stretched into its 20th day with no sign of new talks to resolve the impasse. They get through the border and they go and filter into the country and you have MS-13 gangs in places like Los Angeles and you have gangs all over Long Island, which we're knocking the hell out of.

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"We should be able to make a deal with Congress", the president said.

The president again suggested criminals and terrorists are flowing freely across the border, ignoring that the rate of illegal immigration has fallen dramatically over the past decade, that the undocumented population in the U.S. hit a 12-year low last year and studies have shown that illegal immigration does not increase violent crime. "They are. They are paying with the incredible deal we made called the USMCA". "I would nearly say definitely", Trump said when asked if he'd make such a move, the Times reports.

Trump's trip comes amid a bitter standoff with congressional Democratic leaders, including a contentious Situation Room meeting that Trump abruptly ended after a row over his proposed southern border wall, which Democrats vehemently oppose.

Meanwhile, some cracks are starting to show in the Republican Party. Sen.

A handful of moderate Senate Republicans - including Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of ME and Cory Gardner of Colorado - have publicly broken with Trump and expressed support for a clean government funding bill.

But Mr. Trump insisted on Twitter Thursday morning there is "GREAT" unity in his party on Capitol Hill.

Trump tweeted that he will not attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this month "because of the Democrats' intransigence on border security".

"The notion that we're going to track every Western Union bit of money that's being sent to Mexico - good luck with that", Obama said. "Somebody has got to get some energy to fix this", Graham said.

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