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3 former presidents deny praising Trump's zeal to build border wall

3 former presidents deny praising Trump's zeal to build border wall

President Donald Trump says he will address the nation Tuesday night about what he says is a "crisis" at the U.S. -Mexico border. It will be his first Oval Office address as president.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders also announced that Trump will travel to the border on Thursday "to meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis".

He said he will be speaking Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EST.

Democratic lawmakers are refusing to negotiate with the White House over funding for a proposed wall along the USA southern border unless the government is reopened, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters Monday in a briefing at his ceremonial office. The source said Democratic staff repeatedly urged the administration and Republicans to reopen the government, but their requests were rejected.

They went on to call Trump's border wall plan "wasteful and ineffective". "We are willing to come to a deal to reopen the government".

Trump has said he opposes a piecemeal approach that does not resolve his demand for a wall.

Watch more of the discussion above. Although Trump characterized the talks as "productive", Democrats said there was no progress.

"Look, if Harry Truman couldn't nationalize the steel industry during wartime, this President doesn't have the power to declare an emergency and build a multibillion dollar wall on the border", Schiff said. Democrats in Congress say a wall would be expensive, inefficient and immoral.

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Trump said in December he would be "proud" to shut the government down over the wall and last week told lawmakers it could last months.

Two congressional sources told CNN ahead of the meeting that aides were expecting to be given the White House's budget justification for about $5.7 billion for the border wall.

Responding to Democrats' request, the Office of Management and Budget sent a revised estimate for the proposals for wall funding to the U.S. Senate's Appropriations Committee.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to begin passing individual bills to reopen agencies in the coming days, starting with the Treasury Department to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds. Although a handful of Republican senators from swing states have expressed a desire to end the partial shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is adamant that the Senate will not vote on funding bills that don't have support from the president.

"Democrats want to secure the border?" Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency to commence building, but that plan of action is likely to face numerous legal challenges and questions of where the money will come from in the midst of a shutdown.

Mr. Trump is expected to address the partial shutdown, the border crisis and the deadline for federal workers' paychecks.


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