nearvideo President Trump in McAllen, Texas, with Border Patrol agents on immigration, border security
Texas senators Cruz and Cornyn to accompany the President during his visit to the border; Casey Stegall reports.
President Trump on Thursday argued that a border wall would prevent to visit the human trafficking and other violent crimes after arriving in Texas, the US-Mexican border, in the midst of the stalled negotiations with Democrats over the partial government shutdown.
Trump, accompanied by elected officials and border agents, and delivered remarks in a border patrol station in McAllen. The President spoke in front of a table of the elements, the border agents have seized, including a shotgun, pistols, a plastic bag full of cash and a black-and-bonded bricks of heroin and meth.
“We would have a barrier of any kind, which is a powerful barrier, whether of steel or concrete…We would stop it cold,” Trump said of human trafficking. The President then took part in a briefing by the border agents.
Air Force One arrived at the International airport, McAllen, shortly before 1 PM local time in Texas. Later in the afternoon, the President was expected to visit the Rio Grande.
The President famously promised during the 2016 campaign, would pay Mexico for the border wall. Although he will have to pay to claim the full $ 5.7 billion in U.S. taxpayer money to the wall, the President argued Mexico could yet contribute to it indirectly.
“When I say Mexico, the pay for the wall…I didn’t mean to say that you are going to write me a check for 10 billion or 20 billion,” Trump said on Thursday. “If the Congress of trade approved the invoice, you pay for the wall, many times over. When I say Mexico, the pay for the wall, this is what I mean.”
Before leaving the White house for Texas, the President insisted that he not ready yet to be a national emergency, when the Congress approve funding for a barrier along the border.
“I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency,” Trump told reporters. “The lawyers have so advised me. I’m not willing to do that, but if I must, I will.”
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The National Emergencies Act grants to explain to the President extensive powers, in emergencies, could make the way for the White house to build a wall.
The visit comes on the 20. Day of the current partial federal government shutdown impact on almost 800,000 Federal workers. The funding is not expired, for some parts of the government, such as Congress a spending bill. Trump the funding for a border wall in the spending package, some reject the Democrats.
On Wednesday, the Trump leaders, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Pelosi walked out of a White house meeting with Congress to again support the new funding for a border wall to be discarded.
On Tuesday, the President of the nation from the Oval Office addressed on the situation on the border, with Trump declared a “humanitarian and security crisis.” But democratic leaders in Congress responded by saying Trump was working to “manufacture a crisis, foment fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration.”
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As the two sides of the bridge this difference is and how long will you resist, a compromise was unclear. The Assembly of the effects of the partial shutdown, including workers ‘ paychecks and national parks services, is likely to increase forging up the pressure on Congress and the White house, a deal in the coming days.
Trump has Congress said to guide the dead point of the last months, even years, as he urged Washington to take action to stop the flood of illegal immigrants, drugs and criminals crossing the border. The President tweeted on Thursday that due to the shutdown, he will cancel his planned trip this month in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum.
Fox News Gregg Re contributed to this report.