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U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, of the 5th district, rejected Trump's labeling of illegal immigration as a "national crisis".

White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said the Democrats' support for the 2013 bill and a 2006 bill for a border fence showed that their opposition to a border wall was "partisan petty politics".

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was among several senators who questioned Trump at the Capitol. People expect their government to work.

"I just addressed the nation on Border Security".

Boston Congressman Stephen Lynch also said he believes the president is standing his ground on a border wall in order to fulfill a campaign promise.

"I just think that using money that is earmarked for our military at a time when our military needs the money that they have to rebuild after eight years of neglect by the Obama administration is not the best way to do this". Pelosi warned that the effects of hundreds of thousands of lost paychecks would begin to ripple across the economy. Sadly much of what we heard from President Trump throughout this senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice.

But the meeting breakup put an end to that idea.

The two have also strategized together in lengthy meetings before White House negotiations, and chose to deliver the rebuttal to President Donald Trump's Tuesday Oval Office address together.




"We gotta understand why people are coming here in the first place and why so many of them are coming here illegally rather than legally", he said.

A growing number of Republicans are uncomfortable with the toll the partial shutdown is taking, and Trump's response to it. But I know that the president has the authority to do it in certain situations if it's declared essential to national security. "Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!" But he made no mention of such a declaration Tuesday night. He said the wall.

Trump on Wednesday floated ideas that have been circulated for a broader immigration overhaul.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) go way back: the two have socialized and worked together since Pelosi first entered Congress in the late 1980s.

Negotiations on wall funding could proceed in the meantime, they said. But Trump has not budged on his demands for $5.7 billion in wall funding, and Democrats have not moved from their opposition, while many Republicans watch anxiously from the sidelines.

With his use of a formal White House speech instead of his favored Twitter blasts, Trump is embracing the ceremonial trappings of his office as he tries to exit a political quagmire of his own making.

In an off-the-record lunch with television anchors ahead of his speech, Trump suggested his aides had pushed him to give the address and travel to the border and that he personally did not believe either would make a difference, according to two people familiar with the meeting. Some say Trump's hardline policies are slowing processing for migrants, creating an overwhelming bottleneck at the border.


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