Trump Calls Border Wall Negotiations ‘A Waste of Time’

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Although the Democrats continue to refuse to grant the president the $5.7bn in border wall funding he was requesting, he agreed to a bill that funds the USA government until 15 February, thus enabling almost 800,000 employees to return to work and receive delayed payment.

At stake is the possibility of another government shutdown, and Trump's campaign promise to build a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border. The U.S. government is paying for 14 out of 33 miles of borders and fencing in the Rio Grande Valley at a cost of $313 million, or around $22 million a mile, the AP reported. And almost 1 in 3 Republicans and GOP-leaning independents said they would like to nominate someone other than Trump to be the Republican presidential candidate in 2020, the poll found.

While some portions of pre-existing barrier on the southern border have undergone renovations, no new wall has been built, as the president claims. These protections were there until you made a decision to take them away, and so now you're going to come back and say I'll give them back to you for three years.

He went on to say Ryan strongly urged him against vetoing the bill, which the president now regrets. And its members are vowing to build a wall themselves.

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"We will be looking at a national emergency because I don't think anything is going to happen", Trump said of the House-Senate panel's negotiations. House Democrats' new spending plans, unveiled this week, zeroed out money for border wall construction.

However, there already are vehicle barricades known as Normandy fencing along the border, and, Pelosi said, "if the president wants to call that a wall, he can call it a wall".

Democratic leaders have called on Trump to stand aside and let the negotiators do their work as a way of fostering success.

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Trump told reporters Thursday that he ended the shutdown, which had affected about 800,000 federal workers, because "people were getting hurt". It would significantly boost spending for scanners at ports of entry, humanitarian aid for apprehended migrants, and new aircraft and ships to police the U.S. -Mexico border. Lawmakers are trying to arrange border-security specialists to talk to the conference committee.

The Democratic presidential hopefuls face a bruising and expensive primary battle, and they are far behind Trump's fundraising haul.

Senator John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, said a deal will come together if Pelosi agrees to some type of barrier. "I've set the table, I've set the stage for doing what I'm going to do".

"I believe that we will have enough votes probably to overturn a veto if the president decided he was going to veto it", she said. "It's a lose-lose-lose situation".

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