Showing signs of compromise, the White House signalled on Sunday (Jan 6) that talks to reopen the federal government could produce a deal in which President Donald Trump moves away from his demand that a proposed barrier along the southern border be a concrete wall.
He tells reporters as he departs the White House for meetings at Camp David that he'll be asking the companies to design "a attractive steel product" and "we'll use that as our barrier". A second round of discussions between administration officials and Capitol Hill aides was scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
Negotiations have been at an impasse over President Donald Trump's demands for $5.6 billion to fund a wall at the U.S. -Mexico border.
In an interview aired Sunday on "CBS Sunday Morning", Pelosi, whose selection - twice - as Speaker of the House of Representatives makes her the most powerful woman in USA politics, said "sadly, I was hoping that we would have an American woman president just two years ago", referring to the failed candidacy of Hillary Clinton.
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The threat came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi prepares to put pressure on the GOP this week with a series of bills aimed at reopening agencies affected by the shutdown.
"Let's get those reopened while the negotiations continue", Collins said on NBC's "Meet the Press".
Administration members Vice President Pence, son-in-law Jared Kushner and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen met with aides to congressional Democratic leaders on Saturday, but didn't reach any consensus.
He and Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said attempts to use the powers in the USA will invite lawsuits over whether there is, in fact, a national emergency. "I am in the White House ready to go, where are the Dems?"
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This was not the first time the president has suggested using the military to build the wall, nor was it the first time he has suggested the situation amounts to a national emergency.
Trump further said Sunday he was considering whether to bypass Congress and build the wall by declaring a national emergency ― which would constitute an unprecedented use of executive powers. Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union", Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called the idea a "nonstarter".
President Trump said Sunday that he is considering declaring border security a national emergency and triggering presidential powers that would allow him to assign the military to build his border wall, and he promised a decision based on how shutdown negotiations go.
Some 800,000 federal workers have been in limbo for two weeks now as the federal government shutdown has dragged on over funding for the wall.
The day before, Trump tweeted that Dems could solve the current shutdown issue by approving "REAL Border Security (including a Wall)".
The White House said funding was not discussed in-depth, but the administration was clear they needed funding for a wall and that they wanted to resolve the shutdown all at once.
Trump insists to reporters as he departs the White House for staff meetings at Camp David that he feels the pain of hundreds of thousands of federal workers who aren't being paid. Democrats sought written details from the Department of Homeland Security on their budget needs; the White House said it would provide that. Steel is fine. Steel is actually more expensive than concrete, but it will look lovely and it's actually strong.
"If he has to give up a concrete wall, replace it with a steel fence in order to do that so that Democrats can say, 'See? He's not building a wall anymore, ' that should help move us in the right direction".
The president has already suggested his definition of the wall is flexible, referring to slats and other "border things".