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'May declare a national emergency' to build wall

'May declare a national emergency' to build wall

Last week, President Trump warned that the partial government shutdown could continue for months and even years if he is not able to reach a deal with Democrats.

In a tweet Sunday morning, ABC White House Correspondent Tara Palmeri quoted Trump as saying about the ongoing government shutdown: "I may decide a national emergency depending on what happens over the next few days".

A White House officialtold CNN on Saturday that Trump was leaning towards declaring a national emergency to use military funding for his wall.

The president said "very serious talks" would continue on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the coming week.

"Our objective in the meeting at the White House was to open up government", Pelosi said.

Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with congressional leadership staff on Sunday afternoon, where, according to two congressional sources, aides would be given the White House's budget justification for about $5.7 billion for the border wall.

So far, both sides of the conflict over the U.S. budget remain adamant in their positions, with Democrats refusing to provide $5.7 billion in funding for the border wall and Trump being relentless in keeping funding for the wall as a requirement for him to sign the budget. Trump suggested Sunday that he, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer could find compromise "in 20 minutes, if they want to". We have to build a wall, we have to build a barrier. Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union", Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called the idea a "nonstarter".

The new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said that while President Trump could theoretically declare a national emergency to get a U.S. -Mexico border wall built, such a move would be a bad use of federal money and be ripe for legal challenges.

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"And I'm sure that the people that are toward the receiving end will make adjustments, they always do".

With parts of the federal government shut down over what has morphed into the defining symbol of Trump's presidency, administration officials are clamoring louder than ever.

He said he plans to call steel companies to ask them for a design for his wall.

Trump is annoyed by news reports about the negotiations that make it seem that he is backing away from his demands and wants to avoid stories about new numbers for wall funding being discussed, aides said.

The risk of a prolonged stalemate is increasing as the wall fight becomes a referendum on the president, leaving little space to negotiate changes to the lesser-known statutes some administration officials see as the key to stanching the border surge. The president has said he will not budge on the money he is requesting.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said in a separate interview on the same program that talks on Saturday to reopen the government "did not make much progress".

In a letter to lawmakers Friday, the White House and the Department of Homeland Security made a fresh appeal to amend immigration laws they denounce as "legal loopholes" and blame for creating a "border security and humanitarian crisis".

Mulvaney said Trump was willing to forgo a concrete wall for steel or other materials.