Frustrated Trump says a wall ´is a WALL!´

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

After a shutdown that started in December 2018 stretched past a month, Trump agreed to temporarily reopen the 25 percent of the federal government affected by the standoff, noting that Democrats had repeatedly promised to negotiate with him if the government was reopened.

"There's not going to be any wall money in the legislation, " she bluntly added, before backpedaling somewhat with the vague admission that "some new infrastructure" and more "ports of entry" in "certain localities" are still up for negotiation. "I'll give them to you temporarily, you give me a wall permanently". And its members are vowing to build a wall themselves.

The high-stakes talks are taking place against the backdrop of another possible shutdown in mid-February - an outcome Trump's Republican allies in the Senate are especially eager to avoid.

During his triumphant declaration of surrender in the Rose Garden last week, Donald Trump suggested that he never intended his border wall to be a literal wall. Lawmakers negotiating the bill are aware that he could quash an agreement at any time, plunging them back into crisis.

Mr Trump has sought $5.7 billion (£4.4bn) for a wall on the southern border. Even Trump's Republican allies acknowledge he may only get a fraction of it. It also would freeze the number of border patrol agents and block any wall construction in wildlife refuges along the border.

Senators revisited a bipartisan $1.6 billion proposal for 65 miles of fencing in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas that passed a key committee past year.

"Let them work their will", she said of the appropriators serving on the conference committee. "If there's no wall, it doesn't work", he said.

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What else did the president say?

In an appearance in the Oval Office, Trump offered a deeply pessimistic view of the prospects of an agreement he could approve. Unlike former Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., the California Democrat doesn't pretend she didn't read Trump's tweets - she just brings them up herself. "Our proposed structures will be in predetermined high-risk locations that have been specifically identified by the Border Patrol to stop illicit flows of people and drugs".

Trump's political muscle weakened following Democrats' capture of House control in the November election.

"Smart border security is not overly reliant on physical barriers", House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, a New York Democrat, said as the session began.

"Winning is good", Pelosi quipped to a packed House, in a boast more characteristic of her Republican rival. "And everybody has voted for all three", said Sen.

That echoed recent remarks by Trump as he's retreated from his more strident comments from the 2016 presidential campaign.

Democrats have for the most part refused to budge on giving no funding for the wall, led by Pelosi.

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