Donald Trump Cancels Davos Trip Over US-Mexico Border Wall Row

Elias Hubbard
January 11, 2019

His comments come as an impasse continues with Democrats on border security funding, including the proposed wall, amid a partial government shutdown.

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing on Marine One from the White House on January 10, 2019 in Washington, DC before traveling to McAllen, Texas, where he will visit the U.S. -Mexico border.

"I had an opportunity to talk to President Trump a few moments ago, and wanted to indicate to our colleagues that he will sign the bill that we've been discussing here to guarantee that government workers who've been displaced as a result of the shutdown will ultimately be compensated", McConnell said. He is seeking to use the trip to bolster his argument that a wall is needed on security and humanitarian grounds.

NBC News, in a similar report, said Trump had been briefed on the plan involving the Army Corps while flying to the border on Thursday. And the President has dug in in his refusal to sign legislation that does not meet his demand for roughly $5 billion for a border wall, which Democrats refuse to provide. Critics say Trump overstates the security risks and that the administration is at least partly to blame for the humanitarian situation.

"We have to recognize something because my head's going to explode", Deutsch said during a discussion on Thursday's edition of Morning Joe. But White House officials contend they added a number of such Democratic requests to a border security spending proposal they submitted Sunday to lawmakers after congressional aides met with Vice President Pence and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen over the weekend.

After Trump stormed out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders, GOP senators privately gathered in Sen. "We shouldn't have to", Trump told reporters.

"I didn't smash the table". "But they are paying for the wall indirectly, many, many times over, by the really great trade deal we just made".

Trump floated the idea last week of declaring a national emergency about the situation at the southern USA border in order to immediately move forward on construction of the wall. Mr. Trump reiterated on Friday while visiting the border that he was considering calling a national emergency.

Prospects for any kind of a deal appear even dimmer after Trump declared on Wednesday that a meeting with Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to discuss the shutdown was "a total waste of time".

"I cautioned him that if President Trump directs DoD to circumvent Congress in such a legally dubious way on such a major issue, Congress will have to reevaluate its relationship with the department and judge whether each instance of broad flexibility granted to the Department is worth the risk of abuse by President Trump", Durbin said in a statement.

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