Every living president has refuted Trump's claim about supporting the wall

Kirstjen Nielsen Mike Pence Jared Kushner Ja'Ron Smith

Kirstjen Nielsen Mike Pence Jared Kushner Ja'Ron Smith

The government is shut down over the president's demand that Congress allocate $5.7 billion for the wall.

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday claimed the crisis at the southern border is a "bona fide emergency".

They have also made a point of reminding Trump that his campaign promise was to have the Mexicans pay for the wall, not Americans.

Morgan says he has questions about how President Trump has handled the issue, but that he bears no grudge about his own treatment. But Trump's speech isn't just about immigration, it's about the partial shutdown of the federal government.

The acting director of the White House's Office of Management and Budget, Russ Vought, said tax refunds would be distributed despite the shutdown.

Trump has offered to build the barrier with steel rather than concrete, billing that as a concession to Democrats' objections to a solid wall.

However, all four living former US presidents - Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Carter - have now denied his claim. The shutdown, which has left some 800,000 government workers furloughed or working without pay, is also affecting national parks, airline security screening, housing and food aid, and economic data.

Trump claimed last week that "maybe most of those people. are the biggest fan of what we're doing" and that he really believed "a lot of them want to see border security".

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House Democrats plan to pass a series of bills this week to reopen government, breaking up the legislation they have already approved in a bid to get Republicans to agree to reopen certain agencies, Hoyer said on "Meet the Press".

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has flatly rejected providing any funding for the border wall to resolve the stalemate. "And if we don't give him the time, he'll call every network partisan", one executive told CNN. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who has said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., should take up funding bills from the Democrat-led House.

Also appearing on ABC News" "Good Morning America", the vice president said Americans deserve to know that the situation "has become, as The Washington Post' said, is a "bona fide emergency'".

Trump has had little past interaction with his fellow members of the world's most exclusive club.

"Maybe he thinks he can bully us".

Pence said on Monday that progress was made in weekend talks that he led between administration officials and congressional staff over how to break the funding impasse and reopen the government.

At the White House, on Monday, spokeswoman Mercedes Schlapp complained that Democratic leaders have yet to define what they mean when they say they are for enhancing border security.

'I have not discussed the border wall with President Trump, and do not support him on the issue, ' Carter said in the statement issued through his Carter Center.

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