Published: Fri, January 11, 2019

Donald Trump Cancels Davos Trip Over US-Mexico Border Wall Row

Donald Trump Cancels Davos Trip Over US-Mexico Border Wall Row

"I had an opportunity to talk to the president a few moments ago, and wanted to indicate to our colleagues that he will sign the bill that we are discussing here to guarantee that government workers who've been displaced because of the shutdown will ultimately be compensated", McConnell said on the Senate floor. "But they are paying for the wall indirectly, many, many times over, by the really great trade deal we just made".

As Trump traveled to the southern border to meet with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to discuss border security, Graham has been trying to lobby members of Congress to come to an agreement on a bill that would fund the government and protect the borders. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Wednesday. "Somebody has got to get some energy to fix this".

According to the Brennan Center for Justice, U.S. presidents have declared 58 national emergencies since 1979.

Speaking on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday, Rubio said, "I think the president has broad powers to declare national emergencies". "I'm not prepared to endorse that right now". A subsequent court fight could be protracted.

"I don't even know if the president wants the wall, he just wants the debate", Pelosi said.

Update: Sen. Graham called on President Trump to declare a national emergency to fund the wall Thursday evening. "But it might be the only way out of this", Manchin told reporters Thursday about an emergency declaration.

Democrats have offered more resources to improve border security, including new infrastructure, more personnel, and better technology, but Trump and the Republicans will not budge on wall funding.

Pressure on both sides could intensify on Friday when about 800,000 federal employees miss their first paychecks.

At the FBI, where most agents continue to work, concerns are building that operational funds the bureau needs to conduct investigations, including sensitive undercover operations, are beginning to dry up, said Tom O'Connor, president of the FBI Agents Association. He added, "The political stunts are not going to get us anywhere".

On Thursday, at his press conference in Texas, Trump claimed undocumented immigrants and illegal drugs were streaming across the border.

Plagued by kidnappings, Reynosa is so unsafe for migrants that locals advise new arrivals against any trip alone out of the two shelters.

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