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He said Mexico would pay for it, although Mexico was always clear it would not, and he has now turned to Congress for the money.

President Donald Trump is considering declaring a national emergency at the USA southern border and it would not be unprecedented in general. "We are willing to come to a deal to reopen the government". Vice President Mike Pence said the White House counsel's office is looking at the idea.

Amid the partial government shutdown - now in its 18th day - Trump announced that he would deliver an address Tuesday at 9 p.m.

In a pre-emptive move, the White House said Monday that tax refunds would be paid despite the shutdown.

Trump has said he opposes a piecemeal approach that does not resolve his demand for a wall.

Trump's insistence on $5 billion in funding for the wall lies at the center of the current partial government shutdown, which is entering its third week.

But Trump and the Transportation Security Administration pushed back on any suggestion that the call-outs at the agency represented a "sickout" that was having a significant effect on USA air travel.

He has argued the wall is necessary for national security and has tried to link terrorism to illegal immigration, without providing evidence, as justification for the plan. During that trip, Trump toured 30-foot-tall steel and concrete prototypes of the border wall in California and strongly condemned jurisdictions that offer "sanctuary" to undocumented immigrants.

In addition to it not being constitutional and violating the 1956 statute, he writes that it's "possible to imagine a situation in which the president might take advantage of the most recent exception, enacted in 2011, which authorized the military detention of suspected terrorists associated with Al Qaeda or the Taliban", but goes on to say that would be "unconscionable".

No. 2 House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland said Tuesday that he believes Trump does not have legal authority to declare a national emergency and unilaterally build a Southwest border wall. As both parties refused to budge in their stance on the wall funding issue, a quarter of federal agencies have been dysfunctional due to a lapse in congressional appropriations since December 22, 2018.

Trump maintains that more than $5 billion for a wall is necessary to secure the border. "And that doesn't come just from me, that comes from the professionals, they have been doing this their entire lives serving the country...they are saying that works", Morgan said.

Trump said on Sunday that he expects "some serious talks" over the wall from Monday to Wednesday but continued to reject giving up his request for the funding.

"We don't think that's the American way", Hoyer told reporters on Tuesday.

Williams said Trump is also playing "base tribal politics" and that he's playing up issues at the border to distract from other issues he's facing.

"We are making this as painless as possible, consistent with the law", he said.

Freddy Ford, a spokesman for former President George W. Bush, told CNN that "they haven't discussed this".

Democrats say they want to fund individual departments now, get some employees back to work and continue immigration discussions in the coming weeks.

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