As US shutdown continues, President Trump switches to ‘steel barrier’

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted Monday that Trump will use the visit to "meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crisis".

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told CNN he had "no idea" which past presidents told Trump they supported the wall.

Democrats say other border security measures are more efficient and cost-effective than a wall, which they say is contrary to American values.

Trump asserted that he could relate to the plight of the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who aren't getting paid, though he acknowledged they will have to "make adjustments" to deal with the shutdown shortfall.

More should be revealed about Trump's eventual endgame for the shutdown tomorrow.

White House counsel is reviewing whether the president has the ability to declare a national emergency in the current situation, Pence told reporters on Monday.

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The office of management and budget of the White House has conveyed the change of plan in a letter to the Congress.

The White House said the letter, as well as details provided during the meeting, sought to answer Democrats' questions about the funding request. That was eventually moved to this week.

Democrats returned to Washington in the new year, taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives, and passed legislation to reopen all closed government agencies but did not include wall funding.

The funding stalemate has shut down a fourth of the federal government, impacting 800,000 employees, either furloughed or working without pay. Transportation Security Administration officers at major airports around the country are not showing up for work.

But for now, both sides are sticking to their positions and negotiations over the weekend between Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic congressional staffers yielded little progress. Newly empowered House Democrats plan to step up pressure on Trump and Republican lawmakers to reopen the government.

According to the report from Rebecca Ballhaus and Peter Nicholas, "During a private meeting with aides at Camp David on Sunday, Mr. Trump said he wanted them to come up with a resolution to the shutdown fight that would reopen the government without him appearing to have capitulated to Democrats, a person familiar with the meeting said". Democrats say there has been no evidence of suspected terrorists coming through the southern border and that Trump has no grounds to declare a national emergency over the issue. He added that the administration would prefer to secure the funding for border security from an agreement with Congress. Sanders, for example, falsely claimed on Sunday that "nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally", even though the overwhelming majority of those individuals are blocked from entering the USA at airports.

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