Trump cancels Davos trip over partial govt. shutdown

Trump cancels Davos trip over partial govt. shutdown

Trump cancels Davos trip over partial govt. shutdown

Trump has asked Congress to approve $5 billion of taxpayer money for his wall, and partially shut down the government when he was denied the funding.

The pressure on Washington to strike a deal intensified Friday when most workers missed their paychecks for the first time.

President Donald Trump is set to travel to the southern border Thursday as he continues to make his case for building a barrier along the southern border amid an ongoing partial government shutdown triggered by the president's demand for a border wall.

Other senators said they recognized that the only way out of the standoff would be for Trump, Pelosi and Schumer to reach a deal that would be acceptable to them and that could pass the House and Senate and be signed into law.

"What we're not looking to do right now is national emergency", he continued.

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.

Defense Department officials had already been poring over data on more than $10 billion in military construction projects to determine how much of it would be available for emergency spending this year.

Yesterday during a visit to the southern border in Texas, President Trump put DACA on the table as a negotiating point with Democrats. He claimed his lawyers told him the action would withstand legal scrutiny "100 percent". Congressional Republicans have sounded wary of such a move and some have expressed outright opposition, while Democrats have expressed alarm.

"If they drag the money out of here", Simpson said in an interview late Thursday, "a lot of members will have problem with it". "It would be an incredible disservice to the American people and the economy" to divert the money to the border wall, he said.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made clear that he won't take up any legislation related to the shutdown in the Senate that President Donald Trump won't sign.

"Siphoning funding from real disasters to pay for a crisis manufactured by the president is wholly unacceptable and the American people won't fall for it", said Velazquez in a statement.

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