No Intent to Declare Border Security Emergency 'Right Now'

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The White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to examine a February 2018 emergency spending bill, which included disaster relief for Puerto Rico and other areas, to see what funds could be diverted to a border wall, according to a congressional aide who asked for anonymity to discuss private briefings by the administration.

As a result 800,000 federal employees - workers as diverse as FBI agents, air traffic controllers and museum staff - did not receive paychecks on Friday.

In Miami, an entire airport terminal will be closed this weekend because of a shortage of security workers.

As the shutdown drags on, President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats have not made progress toward any kind of agreement that would put an end to it.

"We need to look at the facts", she said.

"The easy solution is for me to call a national emergency".

Trump fired off a series of tweets pushing back against the notion that he doesn't have a strategy to end what became the longest government shutdown in USA history when it entered its 22nd day Saturday.

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The president issued a series of tweets Saturday in an effort to defend his stance and goad Democrats to return to Washington and end what he called "the massive humanitarian crisis at our Southern Border".

The shutdown officially is the longest in US history, eclipsing a 21-day closure that ended January 6, 1996, during President Bill Clinton's administration.

Trump has repeatedly described the situation at the U.S. - Mexico border as a "humanitarian crisis" as speculation has increased this week that he would circumvent Congress to begin building his signature wall - a move that would be sure to draw a court challenge from Democrats who say the barrier would be barbaric and ineffective.

He said on Cavuto Live that the same language about border security from President Trump was used in years prior to his presidency on both sides of the aisle. We will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their "vacations" and get back to work.

An attempt Thursday by moderate Republican senators to broker a deal that would have traded immigration protections for undocumented "Dreamers" brought to the USA as children in return for wall money collapsed after Vice President Mike Pence rejected it.

"Most conservatives want it to be the last resort he would use", Meadows said. I will declare a national emergency. "I think he's got to do it".

Pressed on whether he was confident he could strike a deal with Ms Pelosi, he said he had "no idea".

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The president didn't elaborate on the reporter or the news program he had in mind while tweeting, but Washington Post's Philip Rucker identified himself as Trump's target.

Pelosi sent a letter to colleagues late Friday thanking House Democrats for passing bills to reopen shuttered departments and agencies.

Trump has told advisers he believes the fight for the wall - even if it never yields the requested funding - is a political win for him. "I am in the White House waiting for you!" he tweeted.

"The American people gave us the majority based on our comprehensive approach to this problem and they rejected President Trump's", said Rep.

Nine of the 15 Cabinet-level departments have not been funded. "This is money that would otherwise have gone to the cartels".

Menendez pointed to the State Department's 2017 Country Reports on Terrorism released in September, which said that "at year's end there was no credible evidence indicating that worldwide terrorist groups have established bases in Mexico, worked with Mexican drug cartels, or sent operatives via Mexico into the United States".

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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