Trump cancels Davos trip over partial govt. shutdown

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats plan to move forward with bills to fund the government- but not Presid

Trump used the backdrop of the Rio Grande border river at McAllen, Texas, to ramp up what has already turned into a hugely messy political fight with Democratic opponents, resulting in the shutdown of swaths of the U.S. government.

President Trump has indicated that he is willing to declare a national emergency in order to get funding for the border wall. He is seeking to use the trip to bolster his argument that a wall is needed on security and humanitarian grounds. Critics say Trump overstates the security risks and that the administration is at least partly to blame for the humanitarian situation.

"If today, the national emergency is border security. tomorrow the national emergency might be climate change", Rubio said.

Prospects for any kind of a deal appear even dimmer after Trump declared on Wednesday that a meeting with Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to discuss the shutdown was "a total waste of time".

"If this doesn't work out, I probably will do it, I would nearly say definitely", Mr. Trump told reporters, adding later, "If we don't make a deal, I would say 100 percent but I don't want to say 100 percent". "I mean, we have the absolute right to declare a national emergency", Trump told Sean Hannity in an exclusive interview.

Update: Sen. Graham called on President Trump to declare a national emergency to fund the wall Thursday evening.

White House officials, even those who feel they've "won" the shutdown messaging so far, say they believe things will take a turn starting Friday, when hundreds of thousands of federal workers won't receive their paychecks.

McConnell has made clear that he won't take up any legislation related to the shutdown in the Senate that President Donald Trump won't sign.

Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, told journalists Trump "sort of slammed the table", then "got up and walked out".

Trump blamed opposition Democrats' "intransigence" over his demand for $5.7 billion to extend a border wall with Mexico.

"Somebody's got to like get some energy to fix this", he said. "That is a lie". I said they're going to pay for the wall. "It's common sense. Look, we're not going anywhere".

Few on either side of the debate dispute that the border poses a significant challenge.

However, Trump's opponents say he is hyping the danger posed to Americans to stir xenophobia for his own political gains. Things could only get worse on Saturday, when news outlets and television networks will be able to declare this the longest continuous shutdown in U.S. history.

"Everyone has the right to emigrate, to seek a new future".



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