"If we don't make a deal, I would say 100 percent, but I don't want to say 100 percent because maybe something else comes up", Trump said of declaring an emergency at the border.
Trump said Thursday he was "definitely" prepared to declare a national emergency, despite warnings, even from conservatives, that such a move would amount to presidential overreach.
President Donald Trump claimed Thursday that while he repeatedly said during his campaign and after gaining the White House that Mexico would pay for his proposed border wall, he "never meant they're going to write out a check".
Opposition Democrats are refusing to approve $5.7 billion in wall funding, saying that overwhelming numbers of illegal immigrants do not commit serious crimes and that Trump is mainly promoting the project to satisfy his right-wing base. "If you look, Democrats, in Congress, especially the new ones coming in, are starting to say, 'Wait a minute, we can't win this battle with Trump, because of the fact that it's just common sense".
Once the House passes its own bill, President Trump will sign it, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in calling the measure to a voice vote.
The standoff has left a quarter of the federal government closed down and hundreds of thousands of federal employees without pay.
"I will build a great, great wall on our southern border", he declared on June 16, 2015 at Trump Tower in NY. He again implied that illegal immigration automatically breeds higher crime rates and said of the opposition party: "They have gone insane".
Arsenal's Ramsey set for Juventus medical on January 13
It is understood his boyhood dream was to play for Barcelona but despite preliminary talks that option will not be pursued. Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will reportedly undergo his Juventus medical on Sunday.
Timberwolves Fire Coach Tom Thibodeau
Thibodeau entered the season on the hot seat, which is why he was desperately trying to keep Jimmy Butler rather than trade him. Hoiberg was most recently the coach of the Chicago Bulls , but was sacked from his post in December.
Jaguar Land Rover expected to announce big job cuts
The anticipated announcement of job losses on Thursday is not the first time the company has made cutbacks in recent years. According to the broadcaster, the job layoffs are part of a £2.5 billion ($3.2 billion, 2.75 billion euro) cuts program.
Three weeks into the crisis, Most Americans appear to be blaming Trump for the shutdown - further isolating the president with only his ardent supporters in favor of the White House strategy.
Michael Steel, a former aide to ex-House speaker John Boehner, said Trump had backed himself and Republicans into a corner by insisting on a wall despite a bipartisan agreement in the Senate last month that would have punted a debate over immigration and border security until after a shutdown was first averted.
Raul Ortiz, a local border patrol official, told Trump and reporters that 133 people from countries other than Mexico and those in central America - including India, Pakistan, China and Romania - had been apprehended in the stretch of territory around McAllen.
The president stalked out of a meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday as efforts to end the shutdown fell into deeper disarray.
In Washington, federal workers denounced Trump at a rally with congressional Democrats, demanding he reopen the government so they can get back to work. The President hasn't been blamed in any of the previous shutdowns. "I hope it works".
Trump says undocumented immigrants and illegal drugs are streaming across the border, despite statistics that show illegal immigration there is at a 20-year low and that many drug shipments likely are smuggled through legal ports of entry.