nearvideo President Trump visits the southern border in McAllen, Texas, receives a briefing on border security
Border Patrol officials appeal to the President for more resources, technology and a border barrier.
President Trump said on Friday that the immigration along the southern border is an “invasion” calls the situation “even worse” than people understand, after returning from a visit to the front in Texas.
“The humanitarian crisis on our southern border. I’m just back and it is a much worse situation, as almost everyone would understand it, an invasion!” Trump tweeted Friday. “I’ve had it countless times –The Democrats, the Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy don’t know how bad and dangerous it is for our WHOLE COUNTRY.”
He went on to say, past administrations have built a steel barrier or wall: “you and I will never have it done. Without them, our country is not safe. Criminals, gangs, human trafficking, drugs, & so many other big trouble can easily pour. It can be stopped cold!”
SHUTDOWN FALLOUT INTENSIFIED AS FEDERAL WORKERS MISS FIRST PAYCHECK
It is unclear, however, how far Trump is ready to go, to construct, to his long-promised border wall. The demand for financing — refused by the Democrats in Congress — and sparked a partial government shutdown last month. Since then, hundreds of thousands of Federal workers are furloughed, or were forced to work without pay.
The pressure on Washington to strike a deal intensified on Friday, when most of the workers missing their paychecks for the first time.
The Democrats, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, have vowed to block any kind of financing for the wall, complains to the President that “manufactured” a crisis on the border.
TRUMP, ON THE WAY TO THE BORDER, RAMPS-UP WARNING, HE WAS ABLE TO DECLARE THE NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY
“The President of the United States to get Mexico to pay for his ineffective, unnecessary border wall, and to convince in a position to pay for the Congress or the American people, the bill has to shut down the government,” Schumer said in a response delivered together with Pelosi on Tuesday. “The American democracy is not working. We do not govern by tantrum.”
The President has blamed the shutdown on Democrats, and Democrats blame the President. Neither side seems ready to move-and if the White house and the congressional leaders cannot come to an agreement, Trump has agreed “almost certain” that his emergency decree to build the wall.
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“Either we win, or a compromise. I’m okay, to make a compromise—the compromise is in my vocabulary very strong,” Trump said on Thursday. “I think a compromise is a victory for all, otherwise, I may declare a national state of emergency.