San Diego lawmakers respond to Trump's border wall comments

Trump digs in on Day 12 of shutdown, calling a border wall timeless, not antiquated -- like the wheel

Trump said he was "very proud of doing what I'm doing", and that he doesn't "call it a shutdown".

The president's invitation, which was described by congressional sources as a briefing and not a negotiating session, was sent to the top two Democrats and Republicans in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

"The $5.6 billion is such a small amount and we are talking about national security", Trump added, saying: "I think the people of this country think I am right".

In a Rose Garden announcement, President Trump just said he may declare a national emergency and order the military to build his US-Mexico border (a wall Trump has forced a government shutdown over, a wall that Trump has repeatedly said Mexico will pay for).

"We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country, absolutely", he said.

Following her nomination as Speaker of the House on Thursday, a reporter asked Pelosi if she would give "even a dollar of wall funding" to end the partial government shutdown, as IJR Blue noted.

Instead, Cooper said he voted "present" in favor of supporting new Democratic leadership. In fact, no construction of the border wall that he's demanded funding for has been started, much less completed.

Trump said multiple times that a "see-through wall made out of steel is far stronger than a concrete wall". Asked if declaring a national emergency was a threat hanging over Democrats, Trump said, "I'd never threaten anybody, but I am allowed to do that, yes".

A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll last week showed that 50 percent of the public blames Trump for the shutdown and 7 percent blames Republican lawmakers, while 32 percent blames Democrats.

President Trump is considering a plan to misuse an emergency authority and divert substantial resources from our military to build a wall on the southern border.

In a December 11 meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, Trump said he would be "proud" to shut the government over the security issue and would not blame Democrats.

The U.S. Constitution assigns Congress the power to fund the federal government, so Trump likely would face legal challenges if he tried to bypass Congress on financing the wall.

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